05 December 2017
Cancer Council SA is excited to announce their partnership with the Adelaide Lightning and welcome Coach Chris Lucas on board as a Cancer Council SA Ambassador.
Chris Lucas, a two-time championship WNBL Coach, announced his cancer diagnosis in September this year.
The diagnosis followed a persistent pain, which worsened when he was coaching at the World Uni Games in Taiwan.
Lucas assumed it was sciatica, which he was already managing with assistance from his doctor, however, the reality was much more sinister, with an MRI revealing a large tumour on his kidney which required immediate surgery.
Considering himself to be ‘one of the lucky ones’, Chris underwent surgery to remove the tumour and was told by doctors in October that the cancer was benign. He is now happy and cancer free and was able to return to his Adelaide Lightning coaching role in October.
Chris is now passionate about giving something back to Cancer Council SA, an organisation that supported him throughout his toughest of times.
“In the week following my diagnosis I needed to speak to somebody that I didn’t know and having Cancer Council SA to turn to was amazing. The support that they provided was unbelievable.”
“I’m one of the fortunate people who has come through the other side of a cancer diagnosis.”
“I feel happy and healthy and now want to support others going through the same thing and help fund further research towards a cancer free future.”
The next Adelaide Lightning game on Saturday, 9 December against the Melbourne Boomers will do just that, with players from both teams joining together to raise funds and awareness for Cancer Council SA.
There will be yellow daffodil pins on sale before the game with patrons encouraged to buy a pin to show their support for Chris and the thousands of other South Australians diagnosed with cancer every year.
All money raised on the day will go towards Cancer Council SA, funding vital research programs, advocacy and prevention services and enabling support services such as Cancer Council 13 11 20.
Cancer Council SA Chief Executive Lincoln Size thanked Chris and the team for making the commitment to support South Australians diagnosed with cancer.
“We’re really excited to join with Chris and the Adelaide Lightning team to raise funds and awareness for Cancer Council SA, which will enable us to continue to work towards our ultimate goal of a cancer free future.”
Entry to the Adelaide Lightning v Melbourne Boomers is free, with tip off at 2.30pm. Cancer Council SA pins will be on sale from the entry village outside the stadium and also from the merchandise stand before and after the game.
For more information on Adelaide Lightning visit wnbl.com.au/adelaide.
For more information on Cancer Council SA services and support visit cancersa.org.au.