WEIGHT loss, excessive sweating and fatigue were some of the symptoms Mireille Tewfik suffered before being diagnosed with lymphoma in April 2014.
Before the diagnosis, the 71-year-old St James resident would walk about 4km before work until one day she could barely climb the three stairs to her doctor surgery.
Luckily, only a few months after her first chemotherapy treatment Ms Tewfik was told her cancer was in remission.
“When I was diagnosed I was under the new protocol called R-CHOP chemotherapy,” Ms Tewfik said.
“My son rushed home from New York to be with me and my oncologist said to him ‘your mother is not in palliative care if she is not in remission after the first dose of chemotherapy, she will be by the second’.
“So, I did have to have the six treatments but after a positron emission tomography (PET) scan with the fourth dose, I was told the cancer was in remission.”
Grateful for her life and the support of the Leukaemia Foundation during her treatment and recovery, Ms Tewfik takes it upon herself to pay it forward each year by hosting a morning tea fundraising event that has raised more than $35,000 for the foundation.
This year, Ms Tewfik has collaborated with some of WA’s top chefs to host a secondary event, Cocktails and Canapes for a Cure.
“It is because I got such amazing help; I had lots of family and friend support but the practical support from the foundation like getting a cleaner and having my utility bills paid while I was without a job, was astounding and I believe others in the same position deserve that care as well,” she said.
Cocktail and Canapes is on March 21, from 6.30pm, at the South Perth Civic Centre.
Tickets are $70.
Ms Tewfik will also host her regular morning tea in July.
Chris Taylor – Fraser’s Group
Justin Bell – Pinchos
Peter Manafis – Passion Meets Purveyor
Brad Burton – Food Consultant Rottnest
Sophie Budd – Taste Budds
Adam Bielawski – Poach Pear
Simone Romeo – Monda Nougat
Tony Garita – The Arancini Man
Tickets: Visit http://bit.ly/LFBoxOffice