Going dry in July for cancer support

By Ashleigh Fielding

TRAVEL with Purpose Albany agent Nilla Spark will participate in next month’s Dry July cancer fundraiser after her diagnosis with breast cancer made her realise the importance of financial support for cancer sufferers in regional areas.

Dry July is an annual fundraiser in which people consume no alcohol for the month of July, to raise money for cancer patients and carers and their families.

Receiving the news of her developing cancer in October 2004, Ms Spark endured countless trips to Perth for radiotherapy and was separated from her family for long periods of time.

“My breast cancer diagnosis should have and could have stopped me from doing, being and achieving,” Ms Spark said.

“However, I knew I had to face my cancer challenge head on and do whatever it took to stay alive.”

Fortunately, Ms Spark was introduced to Solaris Cancer Care, a support organisation for adult cancer patients and their families.

The support of this foundation helped alleviate some of Ms Spark’s stresses caused by the distance she had to cover to and from metropolitan health facilities.

“These volunteers are selfless in giving their time to help with the emotional and physical effects of cancer,” she said.

Later in 2006, Nilla’s successful treatment led to her clear diagnosis.

Ms Spark is preparing to participate in Dry July this year to raise money for the Solaris Cancer Care Great Southern team.

“I implore everyone to sign up or donate to Dry July to keep services like Solaris Cancer Care going,” Ms Spark said.

You can support and donate to Ms Spark’s Dry July cause at dryjuly.com/users/nilla-spark.