Celebrating our support volunteers

Thursday 15 December, 2016
Janine Wawryk & Briony Squibb

People affected by cancer often find it helpful to talk to others who have been through a similar experience. Thanks to our Cancer Connect telephone peer support volunteers and Cancer Support Groups Leaders, Cancer Council Victoria can connect people to trained volunteers who have "been there before".

On the 26 November, Program Managers Janine Wawryk and Briony Squibb invited these volunteers to an end-of-year event to hear from informative guest speakers and thanked them for their commitment to providing support to the Victorian community. The day was also an opportunity to network with their peers.

Kate Wakelin from the Unicorn Foundation shared support services for people diagnosed with rare Neuro-endocrine tumours.

Cancer in the family was the theme for following presentations with Sue Jones from Pink Hope highlighting support for people with genetic cancer risk. Genetic counsellor, Sharne Limb from the Familial Cancer Centre at Peter MacCallum spoke about the issues faced by people carrying the cancer risk gene.

Theresa Whalen also highlighted the Cancer Council's latest research project, the Australian Breakthrough Cancer Study, which will work with over 50,000 Australian residents to discover breakthroughs in how genes and lifestyle impact our cancer risk.

Thank you to all our Cancer Connect volunteers and Cancer Support Groups Leaders for their support over the year. Your commitment has helped hundreds of Victorians affected by cancer.

Call 13 11 20 to find out more about how you can connect with others affected by cancer.

 

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