Renata Gortan

Renata GordonWhy are you supporting Daffodil Day?

Because I am one of the people who have directly benefited from the funds raised during Daffodil Day and the work of the Cancer Council. Three years ago I was diagnosed with breast cancer and I know how lucky I am to be alive. 

The advances in research and technology have changed the way patients are cared for and treated during a cancer diagnosis, and for that I am grateful. I received world class care at The Kinghorn Cancer Centre and St Vincent's Hospital in Darlinghurst, but that care and treatment is expensive. 

There are a lot of worthy causes that ask for donations, but if we all buy a bunch of yellow flowers this year and for the next few years, maybe one day the need for Daffodil Day will be obsolete. 


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

It helped save my life. I'm the one in one of eight women who will be diagnosed with breast cancer and that next one could be you, your best friend, your sister or your mum. When you think of the seven most important women in your life, those stats become are a lot scarier.  


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

It's such a small gesture that can have a big impact. A bunch of flowers will not only brighten up someone's day but also go towards live-saving research. 


Who would you dedicate a daffodil to this Daffodil Day?

To two people, my dad Aldo Gortan who died of prostate cancer last year and my friend Jane Bryant who died of breast cancer this year, aged just 27.