Organisers of a new peer support and exercise group for locals impacted by cancer are encouraging more participants to get involved and get on track to achieving a happier and healthier 2013.
The free walking group is part of Cancer Council Queensland’s ‘c-vivor ‘ program, which is facilitated by volunteers.
The program brings together people each week who have been affected by cancer for gentle physical activity in a social and supportive environment.
Group leader and cancer survivor Pauline Lawrence said the program allowed those impacted by cancer to access support from people who have been in a similar situation.
“Cancer is a frightening word and it’s really important for those affected by the disease to know that they are not alone,” she said.
“This group helps people get out there and get on with life after a cancer diagnosis and we hope it will give those people the boost they need to feel better.”
Ms Lawrence has been a passionate supporter of Cancer Council Queensland since she was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2002.
“I was determined that cancer wasn’t going to beat me and with support I got through it,” she said.
“I’ve been volunteering for Cancer Council Queensland for many years now and when they told me about the c-vivor program I jumped on board.
“There is something really special about being able to interact with those who share a similar story and to be able to get that support while improving your physical health.”
Ms Lawrence’s walking group meets every Wednesday at 7.30am on the corner of Bradman Avenue and Thomas Street in Maroochydore and all are welcome.
Anyone impacted by cancer can participate including those diagnosed and their family, friends and carers. The group kicks off the day by taking a gentle walk along the Maroochydore River.
Cancer Council Queensland also launched their free ESA Wig and Turban Service this month to assist Queenslanders with the side-effects of hair loss as a result of their cancer treatment.
Each of Cancer Council Queensland’s offices and accommodation lodges across the state including Brisbane, Mackay, Townsville, Cairns, Toowoomba, Rockhampton, Gold Coast, Bundaberg and the Sunshine Coast, are now equipped with a Wig Loan Library comprising of a selection of wigs and turbans.
Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift said the ESA Wig and Turban Service was one of the many great initiatives provided by the charity’s Practical Support Program.
“Since the service opened in December last year, 115 wigs and 198 turbans have been loaned out statewide,” she said.
“Five wigs and 17 turbans have been provided to those undergoing cancer treatments on the Sunshine Coast alone.
“The service has been very popular and we are calling for locals who have a quality wig or turban they no longer need to please donate them to this great cause.”
For more information or to support the ESA Wig and Turban Service, please call the Cancer Council Helpline on 13 11 20.
For more information about c-vivor, please visit www.c-vivor.org.au or call Clare Howard P. (07) 5451 6004.