A Shepparton cancer survivor is using her experience to raise funds and awareness through Daffodil Day.JENNA BISHOP August 19, 2014 4:49am
A shock cancer diagnosis sent Shepparton’s Jan James on a scary path.
‘‘You almost think it’s a death sentence because so many people die from it,’’ she said.
Now she is hoping to help raise funds and awareness through Daffodil Day.
Mrs James was diagnosed with breast cancer eight years ago when she was 53.
‘‘I’d been having regular breast screens every two years, but 12 months after the last one, I discovered two lumps in my right breast,’’ she said.
Several tests later, the cancer was confirmed.
‘‘I was fortunate I found it 12 months after, rather that waiting for the next two-yearly scan,’’ she said.
‘‘My doctor said it was fairly aggressive, so it was lucky I found it.
‘‘They said if I’d waited, it could have travelled to my lymph nodes.’’
This Friday, the retired school teacher will be out and about selling daffodils in Shepparton to raise money for cancer research.
Mrs James said it was important to support fundraising initiatives such as Daffodil Day.
‘‘The money that is raised all goes towards prevention and early detection of cancer and for support workers for those affect by cancer,’’ she said.
‘‘Everyone knows someone who has been touched by cancer .
Last year in Shepparton, more than $11
Mrs James’ sister was also diagnosed with cancer 11 years ago, and they have passed the five-year all-clear mark.
‘‘We’re never cured though, it’s always in your mind,’’ Mrs James said.
‘‘All the support from family and friends helps you realise it’s just a journey you have to go on.’’
Florist Sam Renato said it would be the 28th year he had supported the cause.
‘‘The Cancer Council Shepparton committee approached me one year to buy some daffodils. When they told me what it was for, I said ‘don’t worry about buying them, I’m going to give them to you’,’’ he said.
This year the day has grown so big, Mr Renato will supply more than 9000 flowers for more than 30 volunteers to sell in Shepparton and Mooroopna.
Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE, Shepparton Access, Undera Girl Guides and the Rotary Club of Shepparton also support the day.
Two men were taken to hospital after a collision near Tatura.
The Yarrawonga Pigeons defeated Corowa Rutherglen Roos by 76 points at the JC Lowe Oval in Yarrawonga.
The Aboriginal and wider community is mourning the death of revered Bangerang Aboriginal elder, Uncle John ‘‘Sandy’’ Atkinson.
REGIONAL Victorians will be invited to get up close and personal with Graham (pictured above) – the face of a world-first Transport Accident Commission road safety initiative.
AFTER 46 years of garden growing, Rochester and District Garden Club members are hanging up their spades, drying out their gloves and getting ready to watch the weeds grow.
Gift fundraiser is looking for toddler talent.
Local export Willie Wheeler dominating at VFL level
Berrigan Shire councillor Daryll Morris says he has been sickened by some of the vitriol and personal attacks to surface since the council’s proposal to redevelop Finley’s Memorial Hall and School of Arts site was revealed in October last year.
THE Heathcote Community will come together once again to honour the memory of car accident victim Georgia Edsall-French at a memorial day this Saturday.
Katamatite Lions Club held its 42nd annual handover dinner at the Boosey Creek Tavern on July 13.
Mathoura endured a harsh hammering to its playing confidence on Saturday with a 24-goal thrashing at the hands of Deniliquin Rovers.
The demand for organic milk in Australia is outstripping supply, creating an opportunity for the region’s dairy farmers.
The News magazines are online - read high quality magazines in your time. Check in regularly for the latest editions.
Riverine Herald's well regarded locally produced magazines. They're now online, so you can read them whenever and wherever you like.
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.