Wendy Ward, Dr Michelle Cronk, Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle and Esther Attwell.
Wendy Ward, Dr Michelle Cronk, Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle and Esther Attwell. nicky.norman

Milestone at Biggest Morning Tea cancer fundraiser

MEMBER for Caloundra Mark McArdle was delighted with the Cancer Council fundraiser he hosted at the CCSA Hall.

The local community generously donated an impressive $1180, breaking last year's record by more than $400.

The morning tea on June 12 was well-attended by community groups and members of the public, who enjoyed informative presentations by guest speakers Esther Attwell from the Cancer Council, cancer specialist Dr Michelle Cronk and Wendy Ward from Boobs on Bikes - a Sunshine Coast initiative to raise money for the Cancer Council.

Mr McArdle quoted grim Cancer Council Queensland statistics, which read one in two Queenslanders will be diagnosed with cancer by age 55 and each year 3190 Sunshine Coast residents are diagnosed with cancer.

Of those, 982 will die.

"A statistic that is more encouraging is that 11,143 Sunshine Coast people are alive today after having a diagnosis of cancer in the past five years," Mr McArdle said.

"Thanks to the Cancer Council and the funding they receive from community donations, vital research and the development of support programs are funded and ultimately lives can be saved. "The top five cancers on the Sunshine Coast in order of incidence are: prostrate; melanoma; colorectal; breast and lung cancer.

"In 2014, CCQ invested a total of $1 million, split evenly across each of these cancers, to advance medical knowledge and improve patient outcomes.

"Cancer must be seen as a community problem, not a disease that we choose to ignore until it finds us or someone we know.

"Cancer does not discriminate. We have all known someone suffering from or dealing with cancer in some way.

"The great work of CCQ is impossible without community investment, making humble fundraising events such as the Biggest Morning Tea so very important.

"Thanks to the team of volunteers at the CCSA Hall for coordinating the catering, and our guest speakers who gave their time so generously to help us better understand the cancer journey, Caloundra's Biggest Morning Tea 2015 was a great success."

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