I’m doing it for cancer!
My friends and family can concur that I have been meaning to shave my head following the ‘growing it out’ stage for a while now. At first, it was a fun thing I thought I would do for myself as sort of a hairstyle bucket list, try it to see if it sticks. After hearing some lectures about karma from my father and inspiration from birthday fundraisers I decided to do it for a cause. Fighting back insecurities as to whether people would donate, I rationalised the idea that although raising nothing was a possibility, it would be a certainty if I decide to do nothing. More importantly is the awareness raised for the cause. So here goes-
Cancer is a well-known disease characterised by uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the body. It affects almost 150,000 new people a year and is the leading cause of death in Australia.
The cause I have decided is the ‘Do it for cancer’ by the Cancer Council, because of my wholehearted belief in their commitment to their vision for “a cancer-free future”, and mission to “lead a cohesive approach to reduce the impacts of cancer”.
The commitment to funding research was the thing that stood out to me the most, because it is with leaps in discoveries and findings that progressions can be made into what we know about cancer and ultimately the cure for it. The Cancer Council not only allows you to choose which fund the donation goes towards (e.g. breast cancer, lung cancer, skin cancer, etc.) but also what research projects are currently being undertaken for that particular cancer.
The other thing that stood out was the support they provide to the community. On the website, there are discussion forums where people that have/had cancer and the people around them can openly discuss, seek help and share regarding their own experiences with cancer. A tutor who works in the Special Needs Unit at the Adelaide Dental Hospital also shared with me the services they provide to cancer patients during their chemotherapy and radiotherapy, including transportation to appointments, and providing free accommodation for patients and caregivers who live in rural & remote areas. It is with these services that I believe that cancer patients and those close by can receive both the physical and mental support to ease the difficulties experienced.
Please donate and support Cancer Council for what they do in the fight against cancer.
Thank you to my Supporters