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Rare Gems Mother's Day Appeal to Shine Light on Rare Cancer Plight

19 Apr 2017 at 12:00 AM

19 APRIL 2017: Rare Cancers Australia (RCA) is hosting a Mother’s Day appeal, to shine a light on how rare and less common cancers affect the lives of Aussie Mums. 

There are approximately 11,500 Mums diagnosed with a rare or less common cancer every year, and thousands more whose lives have been turned upside down by their partners or children diagnosed with the insidious disease.

One of those Mums is Tracey Trumper, who having survived breast cancer, is now battling a rare lung cancer called ROS1.  Tracey is in her late 40s and is raising three beautiful children.

Tracey says her greatest worry as a Mum facing a rare cancer diagnosis is the thought of leaving her kids when they are still so young. Tracey said, “Sometimes I think they will be ok and other times I know they need me here.”

Vicky Cutler, a Mum to three girls, lost her husband Ian to a rare cancer in 2013.  She is now raising these girls as a single Mum. She said her biggest challenge is seeing her girls grieving and knowing she can’t take that away. “It is incredibly painful to watch on. I must just be there with hugs, love and reassurance, doing whatever I can to help them through it.”

Vicky also expressed her greatest worries: “That the experience of having a parent die young will affect the rest of the girls’ lives in a negative way. We have girls and I want them to have fulfilling wonderful relationships and not worry that it might end this way. I don’t want them to shy away from love.”

RCA, Founder Head of Patient Care, Kate Vines, herself, a Mum and a rare cancer survivor said, “Mums are great. They are the jewel in the crown of families, always shining and highly treasured. However, when Mum gets sick the impact on our community is huge. Mums with a rare cancer need more support than ever before. Mums, whose lives are impacted by a rare cancer, have a very tough gig.”

Rare Cancers Australia works to support thousands of Mums whose lives have been affected. RCA hopes to raise significant funds through its Rare Gems Mother’s Day appeal. Donors have a chance to win a $1500 voucher from Allure South Sea Pearls and one of two Pamper Hampers Gifts gift hampers. Each $10 donation made at gets an entry to the competition. The more you donate the more chances you have to win. Go to to donate today.

Winners will be drawn on Monday 15th May 2017 and notified by email. The full terms and conditions can be viewed here.

Media Contact: Kath Kissell, 0408 408 562, 

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