Looking back on it that was the first time I experienced the importance of community. Friends picking me up from school, dropping meals off to the family and just being there.Chris
Kia ora, I’m Dr Chris Jackson and I’m sharing my story about how cancer impacted me. I was 13 when my mum first got sick. I remember it because she started falling asleep in the evening. It was a bit of a joke to us kids, we just thought that’s what grown-ups do. It was later discovered that she had an 8cm tumour on her brain. She then went through very challenging treatment.
Looking back on it that was the first time I experienced the importance of community. Friends picking me up from school, dropping meals off to the family and just being there. Cancer touches families in a way that can’t be explained unless you’ve experienced it. I’m happy to say she’s ok and doing well and is pleased to see the community spirit alive and well supporting cancer patients in New Zealand.
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.