Board Member Paula Nicholson, Out and About
Monday, 02 June 2014
Last week I had the pleasure of attending the Midlands Golf Club to bring a message to the ladies from the Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute.
This event is one of a series of fundraising events that contribute to a significant and annual donation from the midlands ladies to the institute.
It's difficult to describe the feeling of being in a room full of friends you've never met before, almost 100 friends in fact. A room where everyone has something in common, the desire to fight the good fight, some from a position of personal experience and others by association, but all with the same goal, to make a difference to the huge elephant in the room.
In this case though the elephant wasn't slinking around trying to blend in uncomfortably, it was charging around the room from table to table, the famous mammoth memory, recording the strength of these women as they told their stories of diagnosis, treatment, victory and defeat.
Those that had tales of victory seemed to have discovered that zest for life that often comes after a near miss, those that had witnessed defeat had become defiant and determined to be a part of the solution to this illness we call cancer.
It's no understatement to say that I walked out of that room floating on a cloud of optimism even under the mist of this disease, knowing that together this is a fight that we will eventually win, if for no other reason than literally everyone is on the same side, what a team!!