Bull Creek resident offering comfort to cancer patients


Cancer Council volunteer Ian Hancock.
Cancer Council volunteer Ian Hancock.

AFTER a morning volunteering at Fiona Stanley Hospital’s Cancer Centre, Bull Creek resident Ian Hancock will often board a train to the Mandurah foreshore or go for a walk around the Kent Street Weir to clear his head and unwind.

Being confronted with cancer and its consequences on a weekly basis takes its toll but the Cancer Council WA volunteer is adamant there is no other way he would rather spend his Tuesday mornings.

A cancer survivor himself, the retired primary school teacher knows how frightening it can be arriving for treatment for the first time.

“I had a cancerous tumour removed from my kidney more than 20 years ago and it was incredibly scary because you know hardly anything about what to expect,” he said.

“I remember when I first got to the St John of God hospital where I had my operation one of the nuns came and sat and talked with me, which was very comforting.”

For the past two-and-a-half year, Mr Hancock has done the same with patients at Fiona Stanley Hospital, sometimes sitting by their side while they undergo chemotherapy.

Mr Hancock is now encouraging all Australians to stick their hands in their pockets ahead of Cancer Council’s major nationwide fundraiser Daffodil Day on August 25.

“Cancer Council gets no government funding, it’s all volunteers and people donating money but you wouldn’t believe all the things they do for people,” he said.

“I had an older bloke come to the counter the other day, upset because his cancer treatment left him too buggered to mow the lawn. I said ring the Cancer Council. He came back the next week and told me they’d sent someone out the day after he called to mow his lawn for him.”

Daffodil Day raises funds and awareness of the work of Cancer Council, including research, patient support services and prevention programs.

For information and to donate online, visit www.daffodilday.com.au.

To find out more about Cancer Council support services, call 13 11 20.

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