11 June 2018
Allisha Harvey has been a regular donor with Cancer Council SA since October 2016. She shares her story about why she gives $38 every month to support local cancer research, prevention and support services.
I heard the statistic that one in two people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, and I am one of them.
When I was 24 years old, I was diagnosed with Stage 2B breast cancer. It’s not the news you expect to hear in your 20s, and I had to take some drastic measures. I undertook egg storage before going through treatment, including chemotherapy, and a double mastectomy.
I know the experience of going through cancer, and how much all the services can make a difference in your life. My chemotherapy would not have been possible without cancer research funding. Coming from the country, I also particularly resonate with the supportive accommodation available for when people have to travel to Adelaide for treatment. I wanted to give back often to repay the support I received.
I’m very passionate about prevention and screening, and educating women about what to look for to protect themselves. I was only 24 when I first felt a lump on my breast while I was showering, and it would have been easy to brush it off because I wasn’t in the at-risk age range. I want more young women to check themselves regularly and to have the confidence to go and ask for a breast examination if they are concerned, because catching it early makes all the difference.
I chose to donate to Cancer Council SA because I wanted to send my money to an organisation that would be there for everyone going through all cancers, and that I trusted to get the funds where they were needed. Giving is an intrinsically good feeling, to know that you’re doing someone to help other people in the world.
Sadly, cancer isn’t a project that has a beginning and an end. As long as research is moving forward, as long as late-stage diagnoses happen, there will always be a need for funding. And you don’t just send your money away and that’s that—you can visit the website, or call 13 11 20, at any time and see where your money is going, providing information and support for people when they need it.
Once you sign up, you barely notice the money coming out every month. Plus, it’s entirely tax deductible, so it’s really like you’re paying less than you are. I just treat it like a bill, but instead of paying for something for yourself, you’re potentially saving people’s lives. It works out to be around a dollar a day, but collectively, it adds up.
Just 83 people giving $38 each month can help provide short-term support to people living with cancer like home help and childcare.
My reason to donate is a personal one, but I keep coming back to that first statistic—even if you aren’t impacted yourself, it’s highly likely that someone close to you will be. This is the mindset that I think is really powerful, because people give when it matters to them. When it comes to cancer, everyone has a reason to donate.
You hope that it won’t be you, but it just might be.
Joining Cancer Council SA’s regular giving program is choosing to give people in need the gift of time. By preventing cancers in the first place, or finding them early when treatment is most effective, providing information and support through 13 11 20, and funding life-saving research into new and better ways to detect and treat cancer, Cancer Council SA is getting closer to a cancer free future every day. All of this is only made possible thanks to our regular donors.
Find out more about who our regular giving program is helping, or become a regular donor.