AFTER losing her mum to cancer, Rebecca Goncalves knows the wave of emotions many families across Australia are experiencing.
The Bibra Lake resident’s mum was 62-years-old when anaplastic thyroid cancer claimed her life.
“It’s an emotional rollercoaster I have ridden for some time now,” Mrs Goncalves said.
“Losing someone as close as your mum, someone who was also my friend, is one of the hardest things in life someone has to face.”
Hoping others do not have to experience that pain, Mrs Goncalves is one of many hosting a Biggest Morning Tea (BMT) event on behalf of the Cancer Council.
The mother of three has done so for the last 10 years, helping contribute more than $30,000 to cancer research.
Her mother was one of her biggest supporters, writing in a touching note the pride she felt about what she was helping achieve.
“Your values and strength make you the special person you are,” she said in the note.
“So keep aiming and achieving.”
Mrs Goncalves’ 2017 morning tea event will take place at the East Fremantle Yacht Club on May 25.
Silent auctions, raffles and of lots of food from generous supporters are on the cards.
“It brings a lot of mum’s old friends together who don’t have time to catch up,” Mrs Goncalves said.
“That’s what’s so good about the BMT; it’s about having a cup of tea with a friends and raising important funds to find a cure for cancer which is one day going to happen.”
What: Cancer Council’s Biggest Morning Tea 2017
Where: East Fremantle Yacht Club
When: 9.30am to 12pm, May 25
Bookings essential: Phone 9339 8111 or email firstname.lastname@example.org