Donors come from all walks of life and it is because of them The Kids’ Cancer Project can support research that is changing the future of children’s cancer. But one donor has personally furthered kids’ cancer research in a major way.
Helen (not her real name) had enjoyed an extremely successful corporate career when she decided to volunteer for us in 2013.
“My goal was always a corner office and to be at the top of my game,” Helen recalls. Hard work saw her far surpass that goal. But her career and financial success was followed by a terrible medical shock.
“I was in total control of my life, then my health deteriorated. Tests showed I had a brain tumour,” she says. “My sight was compromised and had to learn to walk again. It was a humbling experience, but one that gave me a new outlook on life.”
Helen’s sight gradually returned as she learned to walk. “Now I work smarter, not harder and I have a wonderful husband. I feel blessed to have a second chance at life.”
Wanting to give back, Helen volunteered at The Kids’ Cancer Project where she got to know the organisation deeply. She decided to become a major donor. “It’s a great organisation – ethical and trustworthy. I wanted to do more,” she says.
Helen has now personally funded over $200,000 of ground-breaking research. “I’m just doing my part,” she says modestly.
“We’re fortunate that we can give generously to make a difference. The Kids’ Cancer Project inspires me to be the best I can be.”