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Kyabram Cancer Support Group celebrates 20 years

Sunday 1 November, 2009

Two decades of invaluable emotional and practical support will be recognised this week as the Kyabram Cancer Support Group celebrates its 20th anniversary.

Established by breast cancer survivor Betty Sefton, the group offers friendship, support and information to locals with cancer and their family and friends.

"After my own diagnosis of breast cancer in 1986, I realised there was a real need for a local group so people didn't have to travel for support," Mrs Sefton said.

"It has been rewarding being able to help others going through a tough time and the support I received from the group was invaluable.

"People can talk openly about their problems in a confidential space and meet others who can relate to the experience," she said. 

Mrs Sefton continues to attend monthly meetings to share her story and the group is now facilitated by local health professional, Natalie McAuliffe.

Doreen Akkerman, Director of the Cancer Council's Cancer Information and Support Service said the Kyabram Cancer Support Group is part of a network of 160 regional and metropolitan groups supported by Cancer Council Victoria.

"I would like to congratulate the Kyabram Cancer Support Group on the work it has done over the past 20 years," she said.

"Every year, more than 200 people in the Shire of Campaspe are diagnosed with cancer and this group has been making a great difference to the quality of life of local people affected by cancer."

Search for a local cancer support group near you, or call 13 11 20.