Cancer Council Christmas Appeal heralds hope for Queensland families

To help give hope to Queensland families fighting cancer this Christmas, Cancer Council Queensland has launched its 2017 Christmas Appeal.

In Queensland around 27,000 people have been diagnosed with cancer this year and an estimated 8700 have died from the disease – mums, dads, sisters, brothers, children, grandparents, and friends.

To make a difference in the lives of those battling cancer or missing a loved one this Christmas, Queenslanders are being urged to make a lifesaving donation.

Cancer Council Queensland CEO Ms Chris McMillan said with the support and generosity of Queenslanders, more families could spend Christmas together.

“Funds raised through our 2017 Christmas Appeal will help fund lifesaving research and spare more Queensland families from the heartache of cancer,” Ms McMillan said.

“Research is key to beating cancer and ensuring that more families can spend Christmas together instead of fighting the disease, or mourning the loss of a loved one.

“The good news is that more Queenslanders, including children, are now surviving cancer thanks to generous people who support our work, but more research is still needed.

“This year, with your help, we hope to raise around $390,000 for cancer research and services from our Christmas appeal, to directly benefit Queensland locals.”

Ms McMillan said the Christmas Appeal also ensured regional families had access to vital support services throughout a cancer journey.

“A cancer diagnosis can be one of the most challenging experiences a family or individual can face, and many need our support to make it through,” Ms McMillan said.

“As a result of generous support we can continue to provide a wide range of support services from cancer counselling, peer support, accommodation for regional patients travelling for treatment, wigs and turbans, and vital resources to help families navigate through a diagnosis.

“Give a gift of hope this Christmas by making a donation before December 22. No family should have to spend Christmas fighting cancer.”

Donate to Cancer Council Queensland’s Christmas Appeal at or call 1300 663 936.

More information about Cancer Council Queensland is available on 13 11 20 or

How your gift makes a difference:

A monthly gift will fund ongoing research into more effective cancer treatments.

$25 a month: could help cover the cost of training a new researcher.
$35 a month: could help fund clinical trials that test new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer.
$50 a month: could help support one of the many promising research projects we have to turn down because of lack of funds.
A one off gift will help ensure cancer patients and their families get the very best care.

$30: Could help Cancer Council 13 11 20 to provide free confidential information and support to someone struggling with cancer.
$50: Could help pay for accommodation for cancer patients who have to travel long distances for treatment.
$75: Could help connect a cancer survivor with a newly diagnosed patient for one-to-one support.

For more information or interviews, please contact:

Laura McKoy,
Media Manager,
Cancer Council Queensland
Phone: (07) 3634 5345
Mobile: 0409 001 171