Chairperson - Julie Jardine
“I am very proud and honoured to be the Chair of the CanDo Cancer Trust. Having a son experience Leukaemia when he was five was emotionally devastating and extremely difficult financially, adding to the enormous pressure placed on our family. I want to help make a difference for others experiencing the impact of cancer and make their lives a little easier. The Committee members of the CanDo Cancer Trust are very dedicated and it is a pleasure to work with them for this worthwhile cause.”
Treasurer - Wayne Edwards
“I joined the Coffs Coast & Clarence CanDo Cancer Trust as I saw the opportunity to expand my community support from sporting activities to one which touches so many people. The Trust is a great source of financial support for local people and I am pleased to be able to assist in making it a great success.”
Secretary - Helen Dwyer
“I am pleased to be involved in CanDo Cancer Trust and the work it does for cancer sufferers and their families. Having seen close family and friends endure arduous cancer treatments and being a cancer survivor myself, I have experienced firsthand the mental, physical and financial strains that are placed on individuals during this time. Being part of the CanDo team will enable me to assist wherever and whenever I can.”
“As one of the Oncologists at the North Coast Cancer Institute, I see patients who face these challenges daily. Being a member of this committee was an opportunity to be able to assist people facing a very difficult time of their lives.”
“We will all be touched by the effects of cancer on someone we know at some time in our lives. The CanDo Cancer Trust is a way of offering tangible support to families in our community as they face the added financial burden that prolonged illness and treatment brings. It is a privilege to have the chance to assist the committee with their fundraising efforts.”
“I joined CanDo as a way to help those fighting cancer and their families. I am particularly concerned with the emerging trend of younger people being diagnosed with cancer. Doing something positive such as helping CanDo raise funds to assist sufferers gives me tremendous satisfaction knowing that in even a small way I have helped to raise their spirits of those fighting this cruel disease. Whenever I use to hear of someone being diagnosed with cancer I previously felt powerless to help, now thanks to CanDo I can do something about it and there is no greater satisfaction than being able to do something positive that directly helps those in our community.”
“As a member of the Coffs Coast Freemasons Association, who are major sponsors, I have been actively fundraising for CanDo since its formation. Cancer disrupts and causes so much distress in families. By providing assistance to cancer patients in our local community the CanDo Cancer Trust can relieve some of the financial burdens that can be experienced during a long course of treatment.”
After working in the background of CanDo for over 10 years Chris jumped at the opportunity to replace his wife’s, Kerry Hines position on the committee after losing her battle with this insidious disease. Kerry’s fight with cancer and attendance at the MNCCI allowed Chris to see first hand the stress brought about by financial pressures to patients attending the Institute. Chris devotes his spare time in keeping Kerry’s legacy alive.
Events Co-ordinator - Nicole Danzey
I joined Cancer CanDo Trust because I believed I could help. I could help with life experiences, with kindness and love. I like to help with people who can’t put one foot in front of the other and put a smile on their faces. CanDo is a charity that offers all of those things for people with cancer……. it was an easy choice.
Youth Ambassador - Kenzie Beswick
“I know that cancer changes the lives of those touched by it regardless of what age an individual is, including youth. As the Youth Ambassador for CanDo Cancer Trust, I feel as though I can help educate, involve or help a younger group of people by making the organization present and accessible in their lives. I am so pleased to have the opportunity to be involved in supporting CanDo and its community.”
Public Officer - Jane Glover
“My interest in the CanDo Cancer Trust stems from 20 years work in Palliative Care and Oncology. A diagnosis of cancer creates instability and stress to a patient and their family. There may be job loss, need for travel or changes in lifestyle. Finances should not cause further stress and can now be supported by the Trust. I applaud all the Trust members who have come aboard with great enthusiasm to support patients and families of the North Coast Cancer Institute.”
“In October 2009 the Coffs Harbour/Clarence Cando Cancer Trust was born. The Nurse Unit Manager of the North Coast Cancer Service wanted to put together a committee with the aim of raising money to financially support patients attending for treatment. Having a cancer diagnosis is stressful and an accompanying problem with finance can be detrimental.
At that time I was attending the Unit with my wife and heard there were plans ahead to set up this support. I immediately proposed that I and my friends at the Coffs Coast Masonic Lodge raise $100,000 to finance the Trust. It has been a wonderful experience and I have enjoyed working with the committee and organising numerous fundraisers.”
IN MEMORY OF KERRY HINES
In loving memory of Kerry Hines a wonderful lady and great supporter of CanDo Cancer Trust. Your strong resilience in the face of severe adversity was a testament to your true and passionate nature. Your life has been inspirational to many and created wondrous memories for those you have left behind. Rest in peace sweet angel we will never forget you.