National Volunteer Week: Connection Marked a Turning Point for Cancer Patient

Posted 9 May 2017.

National Volunteer Week (NVW) which runs from the 8th-14th of May this year, is an annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of our nation's volunteers. In the 15/16 financial year 1960 volunteers contributed 84,527 hours across all areas of our work. We simply couldn’t do what we do without them. To celebrate our incredible volunteers and the huge role they play in helping us continue to support West Aussies affected by cancer we will be introducing you to some of our amazing volunteers throughout this week.












Meeting one of our amazing volunteers at Fiona Stanley Hospital marked a turning point for cancer patient, Steve Toon. Steve said he felt so alone throughout his treatment for prostate cancer until he made contact with the volunteer who connected him with our services.

According to Steve, so many doors were opened for him as a result of his initial contact with our friendly Cancer Centre volunteer.

“Until that time I had felt very alone in dealing with my cancer but I can honestly say, Cancer Council really brightened my life and helped turnaround the way I was feeling,” said Steve.

Steve recently met one of the Cancer Centre volunteers Mercy Ruka , who volunteers at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, to thank her for the work she does in reaching out to other cancer patients.

Steve told Mercy she should not underestimate the enormous difference she and the other volunteers can make through chatting with cancer patients in the waiting rooms and connecting them with Cancer Council.

“To me it really highlights the power of making the right connections…and in my case it brought me so much positivity,” said Steve.

Mercy said she enjoyed hearing Steve’s experience and learning about the impact of her role with us.

“It really gives me enormous satisfaction to know we can make a difference so it’s gratifying to hear that first hand from Steve,” she said.

We operate a volunteer service within Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and Fiona Stanley Hospital which allows us to connect West Aussies with our wide range of support services.

We are so appreciative of the kindness and generosity shown by our wonderful team of Cancer Centre volunteers on a daily basis – we simply couldn’t do what we do without them.


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