My name is Natalie, I'm 16 and last year, a few weeks before Christmas my dad was diagnosed with stage 4 bowel cancer. Over the past 6 months, I could say with confidence my life had completely changed and I have grown up to realise and appreciate everything we have. When dad was diagnosed we faced many problems, especially financial. Mum was extremely stressed and did not know how she could afford to look after my brother and I whilst paying for all the expenses for dad. It's true, you don't realise how much of a strain cancer can be until you are in the position, not only emotionally, but also financially, to the patient and the family. And so this letter is to thank all of the people of your team, from the bottom of my heart and on behalf of my family. You may not even understand the extent of how much of a difference it makes to anyone from the work that all of you do. I have now began preaching the greatness of your group and I am slowly saving to give you something to help someone else that was in the same position as my family was. I wish you all the best, and would ask for you to forward this message to all those who dedicate their time to this charity.
I wanted to say a heartfelt THANK YOU for all that you've done for my family...since I was diagnosed with breast cancer. It's been a difficult, painful, challenging time and I can honestly say without your support life would have been much more difficult. You may think that your help is really small but I can tell you that my family have benefited in so many ways - not just monetarily but knowing that someone is thinking of our children (like at Christmas time when we got presents). I wish you could have seen their faces... ...I am hoping that once things stabilise financially for us (that may be a while as we still have two 13 year olds at home(:), I will be able to give back financially to the organisation that helped us to much. All the very best to your organisation. I can't speak highly enough of your professional staff, caring volunteers and supportive organisation.
This is a quick letter to thank you all very much for your assistance over the last 8 or so months. Steve was diagnosed with a Grade 3 Glioma, a malignant brain tumour, in September 2011. He had it operated on & removed in October, underwent 6 weeks of radiation treatment and is currently undergoing chemotherapy. He has just had his 7th month of treatment – only 5 to go! Steve has returned to work, as have I, and he is doing very well. But – like many people – he did not anticipate this happening and had no leave, or sick leave to utilise for the entire time he required – he also did not have income protection or insurance to rely on. Your financial assistance has been fantastic – it has assisted us to no end. We thank you so very much. We are unsure of the outcome of Steve’s illness but are both back on track and making plans to live good & healthy lives and we wish this for all of you who provide such wonderful support to so many people. Cancer is an insidious disease that affects SO many people, and organisations like yours ease some burden for so many. Many Many Thanks
My name is Jaime and I am now in my 3rd year of battling cancer and unfortunately this time it is terminal. Last year I suffered from cervical cancer and had to have a radical hysterectomy and this group was supportive the whole way through especially when it came to the children. This year I can't say enough about them as they have opened up a pharmacy account for me, the kids are invited to their Xmas party and they readily send out gift cards whenever requested. Without the support of this organisation I do not know how I would cope. You ring them and the people on the other end of the phone are always ready to listen and always encouraging. I have 3 children and this group's help has been fantastic and I can't thank them enough for their financial support and for just listening when I have rung. Jaime 32 Years old with 3 children (12, 6 & 3)
On behalf of Rachel,Tim, Ruby,Will and Joey, I take this opportunity to express our sincerest appreciation for the support you have extended to our family. You have given emotional support and have always been happy to offer advice regarding other avenues we can pursue,to help us to understand and cope with Will's cancer. This incidious desease affects so many people in all walks of life and its not until your family is affected that you are humbled by the help and thoughtfulness of organisations such as yours. Will was diagnosed with his aggressive cancer in April. He needs to travel to Sydney every 3 weeks to have scans and treatment at the Royal Children's hospital in Randwick. It is through the generosity of the ACT Eden Monaro cancer support group, providing vouchers to help them with their trips to Sydney, that helps us cope. Once again, on behalf of Tim & Rachael, thank you very much for your support and generosity and for helping to make their family life more manageable during this difficult journey. Kind regards Sue and Howard (Grandparents)