“To serve and NOT to be served”
I was diagnosed at the age of 36 years with Hairy Cell Leukemia. This is a rare type of cancer for women of my age and it is usually found in older males. In 2013, at the age of 50, I was invited to attend CANSA Relay For Life as a survivor and have been an active of member of the CANSA Relay For Life Athlone family since.
I first became a team captain in 2014, served on the Committee as the Mission Delivery Chairperson and since 2016 have been the proud Chairperson of the Relay For Life Committee.
Through my involvement with CANSA Relay For Life, I was exposed to other services and programmes of CANSA, including the CANSA TLC programme which focuses on supporting families and children affected by cancer, and I am actively involved in the support of other cancer patients and their families at the CANSA Eikehof Care Home.
I am passionate about providing support and care for others. I have been able to do this through CANSA Relay For Life Athlone and in my workplace where I am also able to lobby support and resources for the cancer cause.”
I come from a family that has always been involved in community activities and our family’s legacy has always been ‘We are here to serve and not be served’.