Give today to make sure no one goes through cancer alone
Hearing those three little words, “You have cancer,” is enough to turn anyone’s world upside-down.
But for so many of the 27 South Australians diagnosed each day, the diagnosis isn’t the worst part; it’s what comes next.
If you were diagnosed tomorrow, would you know how to tell your kids? Would you have question after question racing around in your head? Would you have to travel away from your family for treatment?
Because of generous community donations, Cancer Council SA’s life-changing support services will be there in your darkest hour.
A cancer nurse on the other end of the phone when you need someone to talk to.
A home away from home if you have to leave your loved ones behind and travel to Adelaide for treatment.
Please make a gift today to fund these services, like 13 11 20 and our Lodge supportive accommodation for country Australians, for another year.
For Kim, in Hallett Cove, the physical distance between her and her mum made a tough time so much harder. When Kim found out about her Mum’s cancer diagnosis, the 1,900 km distance between them had never felt further. She felt completely alone. That’s when she reached out to a Cancer Council SA nurse.
“I had so many questions but, being so far away, I wasn’t able to just tag along to appointments and ask the doctor.
That’s when I called—to get some straightforward answers about terminology and what we could expect.
I don’t remember the name of the lady I spoke to, but I’ll never forget her understanding and her patience in listening
to my questions and answering them as best she could. This is something I’ll always be grateful for.”
Scott, from Port MacDonnell, was 24 when he saw his GP in Mount Gambier about some persistent headaches. Within hours of detecting a tumour the size of a grapefruit growing in the right frontal lobe of his brain, he was airlifted to Adelaide for urgent surgery—away from his family, away from everything he knew. There he started the long road of intensive chemotherapy and radiation treatment in Adelaide.
“I had some family that I was able to stay with, but chose to spend every second week at Cancer Council SA Lodge—Greenhill.
Sometimes I felt I just needed a break from it all, being around people who understood what it was like.”
These are the moments when the right support can mean the world.
Will you help us continue this good work?
Please make a generous gift today to fund Cancer Council SA’s life-changing support services and ensure that no one has to go through cancer alone.