ST John of God Murdoch Hospital volunteer caregiver Sandy Sampson is on a mission to dispel the myth lung cancer is only a smoker’s disease.
Since recovering from her own battle with lung cancer, Ms Sampson has raised more than $82,000 for research and support over the past three years.
Her message is anyone can get lung cancer, even those who have never smoked.
“Everyone with cancer, no matter which cancer it is, should have access to the necessary care and support,” she said.
“My continued survival is mainly due to early detection, successful surgery and the follow up care I received from cancer nurses and my family.”
Sandy was diagnosed with lung cancer in July 2011.
When it was discovered she had carcinoid tumours in her chest and right lung.
Surgery resulted in the loss of her right lung and she has had to learn how to breathe using only one lung.
“After overcoming the initial shock of the diagnosis, the trauma of surgery and recovery, I have been able to dedicate my time to raising funds for people who find themselves on similar journeys,” she said.
Ms Sampson recently attended a reception at Admiralty House in Sydney, hosted by the Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove and Lady Cosgrove in support of the Lung Foundation Network Australia.
Her dedication to the cause was recognised in early April when the Lung Foundation recognised her fundraising efforts with a Lifetime Achievement award at a ceremony in Perth.