Vale Noeline Ikin

Dear Editor,

I write on behalf of Cancer Council Queensland to express our deep sadness at the passing of Noeline Ikin.

Noeline lost her battle with a malignant brain tumour on Saturday, February 11.

She will be lovingly remembered as a courageous woman, and a dedicated advocate for those in her community.

We were humbled to accommodate Noeline at Cancer Council’s Gluyas Rotary lodge in Townsville during her treatment in 2016.

She was an uplifting and inspiring force, helping others in every possible way. She would visit the office each day to sit and share her plans for promoting the hospital, fundraising for the lodge, and reaching out to cancer patients in rural areas.

When the tumour began to affect her balance and she needed to use a walking stick, she visited a woodwork shop to enquire about wood turning classes, so that she could craft a customized walking stick from beautiful timber.

Noeline, too, was one of a kind.

Despite her own battle, she courageously fought to ensure others affected by cancer knew they were not alone.

She leaves a remarkable legacy – a legacy we will honour.

Our heartfelt sympathies go to Noeline’s family and many friends.

She will be greatly missed by all those who knew her.

Vale Noeline.

Professor Jeff Dunn AO
CEO Cancer Council Queensland

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