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“I don’t know if I’m going to see my own birthday in July. That’s confronting.”
– Trudy, 46 years old, Mackay

Trudy had no idea she had cancer. 

Trudy was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in March 2016. Her cancer was advanced and terminal, and she was told she probably only had about another 12 months to live.

It was a terrible shock.

Now, over two years later, Trudy knows she really does have only months – if not weeks – to live. Trudy has done her best to make the most of the time she has had.

“I don’t know if I’m going to see my own birthday in July, that’s confronting.”

Ovarian cancer is known as a ‘silent killer’ because the symptoms tend to be so varied and vague that by the time most people are diagnosed the cancer is at an advanced stage and can’t be stopped.

The truth is the only way to take that pain away from families like Trudy’s is finding new treatments through cancer research.

End the heartbreak
More time with the people you love. Seeing your grandchildren grow up. Being there for your child’s wedding. What are these worth to you? They’re worth a lot to Trudy. But even more than that Trudy wishes she could somehow protect the people she loves from the heartbreak of her passing. This is why we need cancer research – to save the lives of people you love.

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Your gift means so much to people like Trudy and her family. By donating today to cancer research you’ll help give families more time together, more memories and spare them the heartache of losing someone they love.

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It is hard to say goodbye when the goodbye is forever. It’s hard for Trudy. It’s even harder for those left behind.

Give today to fund vital research to increase survival rates and reduce the heartache caused by cancer for people like Trudy and their families.

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Cancer Council Queensland also offers support and information to all Queenslanders affected by cancer. If you have been affected, or know someone that is, we’re here to help every minute, every hour, every day. For information and support, phone 13 11 20, Monday to Friday.