These faces represent individuals from all walks of life, each touched by cancer in some way, providing their very own ‘hope’ message to inspire the nation. Read their stories below or view Coralyn's story now.
“Everyone knows somebody affected by cancer. It’s affected my family too - my aunt, my grandfather, my great grandfather. Cancer could one day affect someone you love. Daffodil Day is a day where we all come together, to support Cancer Council in the fight against cancer. Support Daffodil Day and help make a difference”.
"I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1997 and again in 2001, both times undergoing several surgeries and treatments. I was free of breast cancer for almost a decade, until last December when the cancer returned. I am undergoing weekly rounds of chemotherapy and while I’ve lost my cherished hair, I’ve never been more determined to help beat cancer.”
View Coralyn's story now.
“Being able to provide information and support on the Cancer Council Helpline is so rewarding, knowing that we can make a difference to those needing information about symptoms, diagnosis or treatment. On Daffodil Day, we remember all of the inspirational and wonderful people we have spoken with and we hope to continue to assist as many people as we can during this difficult time”.
“My son Kayden is 9 years old. He is a survivor of a brain tumour and has just celebrated five years cancer free. Daffodil Day is one of my favourite days of the year. It makes me smile as it beams hope with its sea of yellow inspiration, to help our future become cancer-free”.
Professor Christobel Saunders
.. “Research is what gives us hope that we will find an end to this disease, and that we may one day not just treat cancer but prevent it altogether. I believe Cancer Council’s commitment will hold the key to finding a cure against cancer”.
Kasey van Puijenbroek
“In 2007 I was a fit triathlete, and then I was diagnosed with a brain tumour. After surgery I was left partially paralysed and unable to walk. However earlier this year, I tackled the 79km ride in the Santos Tour Down Under Bupa Challenge Tour. This year my tumour returned and I am currently undergoing treatments of radiotherapy. I hold even greater determination to beat it again”.
“I had oesophageal cancer and am a proud survivor. As a leader in Coles Express, I hold a unique opportunity to add to the scale and support of the fantastic Coles program raising funds for the Cancer Council Helpline, which provides support to people affected by cancer in Australia”.
“At 37, I was diagnosed with cancer, though 9 years on I was given the all-clear. In 2010, my husband Michael was diagnosed with rectal cancer although I could offer support from my own experience. We got married in Hawaii between chemo sessions. Michael is recovering well and we are looking forward to a long life together".
Linda & Liz Elsworthy
Our sister Trish was diagnosed with Stage 4 CUP (cancer of unknown primary) on Remembrance Day 2010 and she died approximately eight months later on Daffodil Day last year. We’re supporting Daffodil Day for people like Trish, who don't have a primary diagnosis of their cancer. We think this is the hardest diagnosis to deal with - not knowing where to focus your mental energies and recognising that in all likelihood your cancer is not treatable.
We hope for better diagnostic outcomes and better treatments.