BEECHBORO resident Annie Urlich has been surrounded by loved ones battling cancer for years, prompting her to raise money for the Cancer Council WA.
Mrs Urlich lost her mum to breast cancer more than 30 years ago, stood by her husband through his diagnoses and eight-year battle, and lost her best friend of 35 years to melanoma this year.
The 68-year-old has supported Pink Ribbon Day (October 26) and Daffodil Day (August 28) for 10 years by fundraising at Mirrabooka Shopping Centre and has raised more than $45,000.
Mrs Urlich said after losing her mum, she felt more research was needed to combat cancer.
“The other most significant experience our family had with cancer was in 2008, when my husband was diagnosed with cancer and set us on a rollercoaster ride of treatments, radical neck dissection and tube feeding,” she said.
“It totally changed our lives – financially and physically – and without the support of Cancer Council WA, it would have been more difficult.
“I am very happy to say he is an almost eight year survivor and we take each day as it comes and are grateful to still be able to enjoy life.”
Mrs Urlich said it was extremely important for the community to support Cancer Council WA fundraisers as this was the most important way of obtaining money for all the areas of research and the personal support given to the patients and their families.
“Public support has always been shown every time our team of gals are out fundraising, especially on Daffodil Day and Pink Ribbon Day,” she said. “Myself and my wonderful team of helpers – June and Tom Stokes, Joan Hill, Dot Lees, who sadly we lost this year also to cancer – and all the others over the years feel privileged to be able to actively support such a worthy and necessary cause.”
Mrs Urlich will be at Mirrabooka Shopping Centre fundraising for Pink Ribbon Day on October 21 and 23.