I became very involved with our local Cancer Society here in Whanganui and two years later trained to be a breast cancer support volunteer.Marie
I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001 after getting a mammogram through BreastScreen Aotearoa. I would not have found it otherwise. I had a mastectomy a few weeks later and was back in the swimming pool within 3 weeks (I’m a swimming teacher).
I became very involved with our local Cancer Society here in Whanganui and two years later trained to be a breast cancer support volunteer. This role was very rewarding, helping other women diagnosed with breast cancer.
I’m still involved with the Cancer Society executive and was president for a number of years. My husband Graeme (current president) was so supportive throughout my journey. We’re both passionate about the valuable work the Cancer Society does.
30 Stories for 30 Years
In 2020 the Cancer Society celebrated the 30th anniversary of Daffodil Day.
It also marked a 30 year relationship with ANZ as the Principal Sponsor of Daffodil Day. We want to thank the team at ANZ for their amazing support.
To acknowledge this we found 30+ people to tell their story. These stories talk about the generosity of everyday New Zealanders making a difference for people with cancer. They talk about the effect of cancer on people and on whānau, they talk about hope, and they talk about the work we do here at the Cancer Society.