Bianca's story

Give this Daffodil Day Appeal and fund new cancer treatments for people like Bianca

Three years ago, Bianca became one of a handful of young Australian women to be diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer. She was just 20 years old.

After many tests Bianca was diagnosed with Grade 3 Stage 2b Triple Positive breast cancer.

I can’t even begin to describe how it felt to be told those words, or how many tears I have shed from then to now.”

There was no known family history, and testing for the BRCA1 and BRCA2 ‘breast cancer gene’ came back negative. Her situation was so rare that doctors had to tailor her treatment plan and were unsure how she would react to the chemotherapy and radiation treatment she required.

“I spent my 21st birthday in hospital being the sickest I’ve ever felt and watching the sadness in the eyes of my friends and family. It was absolutely devastating.

Throughout my cancer treatment, the daffodil was a symbol of hope to me and my family. Hope that advancements in research would help me survive my breast cancer.”

For Bianca, undergoing chemotherapy and radiation was incredibly gruelling. She had a severe reaction to the chemo and her treatment was very aggressive due to her age and the urgency of her situation.

This is why finding new ways of treating cancer, such as immunotherapy, is so important. Researchers such as Associate Professor Alexander Swarbrick are currently striving to make immunotherapy possible for Australians with advanced breast cancer.

Less aggressive methods of cancer treatment have the ability to vastly improve quality of life for women with advanced breast cancer, while giving them hope that they’ll have more time to spend with their loved ones.

Cancer research is important because cancer doesn’t discriminate. From our children to our grandparents, it is taking too many of our loved ones away from us. Cancer research has the ability to stop that.

“I believe it is important for people to donate to the Daffodil Day Appeal because the research that their donations fund has the power to one day help us live in a world where cancer isn’t taking the ones we love away from us."

You can give hope to those undergoing cancer treatment by donating to the Daffodil Day Appeal a funding breakthrough cancer treatment.

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