Elle Halliwell

Elle HalliwellWhy do you support Daffodil Day?

Daffodil Day is such an important public awareness campaign - and one that directly impacts outcomes for patients, by enabling Cancer Council to continue its vital work.

For example, ten to fifteen years ago, the cancer that I have was considered a death sentence - thanks to research, I now have access to a lifesaving drug.

It’s not ‘just’ the research, though - especially in the first few weeks after a cancer diagnosis, it can be so reassuring to know that there is this instant support of an organisation available - just to know that someone will lend you an ear.

 

Who gives you support?

In my case, I of course received lots of support from family and friends - but it was also so reassuring to see the outpouring of support from the public, from people I don’t even know. It made a big difference.

My dad was diagnosed with prostate cancer about ten years ago, and it’s recently come back. It is terrible to see him go through it, and I’m sure for him it’s even worse to see his daughter suffer.

The event really is about giving each other support, and drawing strength and hope from that support. My dad and I are certainly leaning on each other in this difficult time.

 

Why do you encourage people to support someone they know this Daffodil Day?

Cancer comes in many different shapes and forms - my idea of a ‘typical’ cancer patient has certainly changed. I don’t look much different, and sometimes people assume that to have cancer, you have to look severely ill. That’s not at all the case!

Cancer will affect almost everyone in their life - be it cancer patient, carer, family member or friend. This Daffodil Day, I therefore encourage everyone to buy a daffodil to support someone they know. Every donation makes a difference.

 

With funds raised on Daffodil Day going towards life-saving cancer research, each daffodil sold could save the life of someone you love. How do you relate to that?

Being a mum has made me even more passionate about finding a cure for cancer. I want my son to grow up not fearing this illness. I am proof that research can change a cancer diagnosis from hopeless to hopeful, and much of this is due to the generous donations from the public on days such as Daffodil Day. It’s more than just a flower. It’s a gift of hope. Daffodils have, in a way, given my son the chance to grow up with his mum, and we are both so grateful.

 

Who would you dedicate a daffodil to?

I would like to dedicate a daffodil to every mum diagnosed with cancer this year.