In this edition of The Daffodil, you can read about some incredible research projects your support is helping to fund, like the ongoing Travelling to Treatment study, exploring the experiences of those who have travelled for their cancer care from regional or remote Queensland, continues in its 5th year of data collection; or Closing the Gap, reporting identifying the consistently lower remaining life expectancy in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people after a cancer diagnosis. These critical projects demonstrate how Queensland researchers are making strides in improving cancer care and understanding the impact of cancer, not only in our own state, but across the globe.
We are also pleased to share with you a day in the life of Lorraine Tutton, Cancer Council Queensland First Nations Advisor. This role is vital for our organisation and Lorraine describes her work as a focussed role on First Nations cancer patients, families, support carers, community and CCQ services. Read page 8 to hear all about this vital role from one of our passionate team members.
Thank you for everything you do to support Cancer Council Queensland. You are the driving force behind these essential projects that are changing lives.
A preview of what's in this issue ...
Message from Andrew
Cancer Council Queensland is the state’s leading non-government community organisation in cancer control. We are committed to providing all Queenslanders with the best possible prospects of preventing, detecting, effectively treating and surviving a cancer diagnosis. Thank you for your support and we hope you enjoy this, the 9th edition of our Daffodil Magazine.
Brandon has hope
Following the success of the 2022 March Appeal Brandon shares that like many other people living with cancer, he has experienced long term side effects after his cancer treatment. He tells us that the long term side effects of his treatment has been the hardest part of his journey. It’s why Brandon believes research can be so powerful: ‘I think research is so important because the different types of treatment are so intense and it affects everyone differently. Cancer affects so many different people, and I'm very lucky to be here.’
You may remember the story of Missy from our 2021 Christmas appeal told by her mother Anj. Missy dreamt of being a cancer researcher and finding new and better treatments to help kids like her. After Missy passed, Anj shared ‘I am so grateful that there are generous Queenslanders like you who share Cancer Council Queensland’s vision of a future free from childhood cancer. I truly believe a future free from childhood cancer is within our reach. If we stand together, we can get there so much faster.’
Petals of thanks
Cancer Council Queensland's very first Cancer Research Giving Day held on Friday 4 February, to coincide to World Cancer Day, raised more than $400,000 thanks to the generosity of Queenslanders.