Rebecca’s health woes flower into giving back

Rebecca Patriarca is a Daffodil Day volunteer. To volunteer, donate or help out on the day, call 1300 65 65 85. Picture: Elle Borgward d424551
Rebecca Patriarca is a Daffodil Day volunteer. To volunteer, donate or help out on the day, call 1300 65 65 85. Picture: Elle Borgward d424551

The Belmont resident had a brain tumour in 2000, experienced a stroke during surgery and while she is currently cancer-free she lives with the effects of the stroke that has weakened her right side.

But during her recovery, surrounded by teams of specialists, she made a special vow. ‘I promised myself if I got better I’d do something to give back in some way,’ Mrs Patriacia said.

Confined to a wheelchair for a year, she proudly walked down the aisle at her wedding holding onto her dad and while she still cannot run or skip with her children, she is committed to handing out cheery daffodils each year.

She will sell Daffodil Day merchandise at Belmont Forum on Friday, August 22.