Our Daffodil Day doggie ambassador brings smiles to cancer patients

Posted 31 Jul 2019.

Daffodil Day doggie ambassador, Pippen, with cancer patients Susan and Geoff at our Milroy Lodge.

Our Daffodil Day doggie ambassador, Pippen, recently visited our Milroy Lodge to bring smiles to the faces of country patients staying in Perth for cancer treatment.

At only 12 weeks of age, Pippen the border collie is our youngest ambassador and he's on a mission to encourage the community to support the Daffodil Day Appeal this August by donating to life-saving cancer research.

One of the first patients at Milroy Lodge to get a cuddle from Pippen was Broome resident, Susan Giesen, who recently received a shock breast cancer diagnosis.

"The cancer was detected at a routine scan conducted by BreastScreen WA's regional van," Susan said.

"The next thing I know, I'm being called in for a second scan and after that, I was referred to Perth for additional testing.

"Within a couple of weeks I was in Perth and had my operation - it was a shock diagnosis as every other time I've participated in breast screening my results have been clear.

"Thankfully the tumour was small when they found it and when they operated they told me it was smaller than they had expected which was really good.

"This is my third week at Milroy Lodge and it's truly a home away from home. Plus, the visit from Pippen has really brightened up my day!"

Our Milroy Lodge provides free accommodation to country cancer patients who need to travel to Perth for treatment and is funded by you, our generous supporters.

Cancer research brings more than hope

Thanks to investment in research over many years, amazing advancements have been made in cancer prevention, screening and treatment - helping to increase survival rates from 49 per cent in the 1980s to 69 per cent today.

This year, Daffodil Day celebrates 33 years of turning Australia yellow, with Cancer Council aiming to raise more than $4 million for cancer research through online donations, and by recruiting more than 8600 volunteers to staff around 1370 sites on Daffodil Day.

"Breast cancer is one of the biggest killers so we really need to invest in more research," Susan said.

There are many ways to support the Daffodil Day Appeal; donate online, volunteer your time, or buy a daffodil pin or fresh daffodils on Friday 23 August.

"Join me and bring hope to cancer patients this Daffodil Day Appeal, woof woof," barked Pippen.

You heard the pup!

For more information or to get involved, visit www.daffodilday.com.au.

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