April 19, 2017 12:00 AM - May 14, 2017 5:00 PM
Rare Cancers Australia (RCA) works to support thousands of Mums whose lives have been affected by rare and less common cancers. 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 gets an entry to the competition, for example a $50 donation will give you 5 entries. The more you donate, the more chances you have to win. When making a donation, please tell us in the comments section why your mum is a rare gem!
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.”
Make a donation today and celebrate Mother’s Day with a truly wonderful gift. RCA would like to extend a big thank you to Allure South Sea Pearls and to Pamper Hamper Gifts for their support and generous prize donations to our Mother’s Day Appeal. By making a donation as per the competition guidelines, your participation in our prize draw is automatic. By participating, you have agreed to our Terms and Conditions.
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