Clare is a young, vibrant single mother of two, always looking to put others first. When diagnosed with cancer, she felt like she was battling cancer alone, and reached out for a helping hand.
When was going through cancer I felt fearful and alone, I was facing radiation treatment after already undergoing two surgeries. I was worried about how this would affect my teenage daughters; I wanted to be strong as I have always been there for them. With no other family in Perth, I wondered who would be there for me.
Solaris Cancer Care became my sanctuary, a welcome island in a very turbulent and grey sea. The centre gave me the strength I needed.
I came across the Cottesloe support centre, through a recommendation by one of their clients; she was on her own cancer journey. From the moment I walked in, I knew I was in the right place.
I have embraced everything on offer at the centre. There is a wide and encompassing selection of all that is needed in helping, supporting and complementing your treatment and wellness program. What I loved the most is, it is about taking control over parts of your health journey and feeling empowered and nurtured along the way.
I initially started with the much-needed support group and then progressed to an amazing array of courses, talks, and classes. I have loved the people I have met and the experiences I have had. There’s a positive and uplifting atmosphere and a real sense of support.
I am so thankful and grateful for the support that was so generously given to me on my road to a healthy and happy life.
2017 Ambassador: Ryan Doran
For many of us turning 21 is a milestone, our proper introduction into adulthood laced with excitement, optimism, and adventure. When diagnosed with cancer at a young age, Ryan faced the challenge with courage and positivity.
Sometimes feel that my story is not worth everyone hearing due to it being too positive, from my point of view I didn’t experience too many days where I was feeling down, didn’t have too many symptoms of someone going through this type of illness. I had so much support from my family and friends to the point where I ended up hanging out at a mate’s places almost every day, and consumed enough café breakfasts to put a large dent in dad’s credit card and for this, I can’t thank everyone enough.
Read more: Ryan Doran 2017 Ambassador
2016 Ambassador: Emma White
Emma White is in one word, exuberant. Born and raised in Bunbury, WA she now is now living her dream as a paramedic in Perth.
‘Sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage and I promise you something great will come of it.’ This is how I have been living my life for the past six months. When there is a needle I didn’t want to have or a scan I was scared to do; all I needed was a few seconds of courage then it would be over or it would be more manageable.
Read more: Emma White 2016 Ambassador
2015 Ambassador: Fiona Boyce
Former Olympian and professional hockey player, Fiona Boyce, realised her love for the sport when she began joining in with her older brother’s hockey sessions at about 4 years of age.
Her choice to become an Ambassador for SolarisCare is closely linked with her recent battle with stage 2B Hodgkins Lymphoma. The athlete said that being a Red Sky Ride Ambassador provides her with the opportunity to give back after receiving so much care and support from the Foundation.
Read more: Fiona Boyce 2015 Ambassador
2014 Ambassador: Julia Pangbourn
In August 2008 I noticed that something didn’t feel quite right in my right breast, so I went to my GP for a check-up. From that initial consultation it became a whirlwind of appointments – firstly a mammogram, then an ultrasound and finally a core biopsy of the breast. The results came back that I had multiple sarcomas and I was given the news that because of the number of lumps I would have to have a mastectomy. After this news sunk in I decided that “just in case” I would prefer to have a bilateral mastectomy as I didn’t want to find cancer in my left breast at a later stage.
Read more: Julia Pangbourn 2014 Ambassador
2013: Rosannagh Carslaw
2012: Chadia Scheel
2011: Simone Timms
2010: Sarah Jane Mitchell
2009: Rachel Mann
2008: Carys Gilbert