One phone call delivered Sandra strength, support…and a purpose
Publish Date: 20/5/2016
National Volunteer Week (May 9-15) provided us an invaluable opportunity to thank the generous women and men who gave more than 71,500 hours of their time last financial year to helping us support families affected by blood cancer.
Volunteers like Sandra Button of Mt Helena in Western Australia, knows first-hand how a blood cancer diagnosis can turn lives upside-down.
Prior to the loss of her husband from Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Sandra Button says she knew very little about the Leukaemia Foundation and the range of practical and emotional support services available to families impacted by a blood cancer diagnosis.
But all that changed after Sandra received a phone call from the Foundation asking if she would like to see a grief counsellor.
“The support I received from the Leukaemia Foundation at a difficult time in my life was really helpful,” said Sandra, “and it was only three months later that I decided to become a volunteer with the organisation.”
For the past three years, Sandra has been assisting in administration and occasional education sessions, and she says working with Leukaemia Foundation staff and volunteers who genuinely care about making a difference to people living with a blood cancer has really helped her through.
“My family has been directly affected by a blood cancer diagnosis and it is very important to me to be able to contribute in any way I can,” said Sandra. “I strongly encourage others to become a volunteer for the Leukaemia Foundation and help this wonderful and caring organisation.”
Every volunteer plays a vital role in enabling the Leukaemia Foundation to provide practical and emotional support to families who need it most.
From assisting with transport and accommodation programs, to supporting fundraising activities and events, to sharing corporate expertise and even their own blood cancer experiences to help others. It is thanks to the generosity of our volunteers that we achieve all that we do for people who have received a life-changing blood cancer diagnosis.
Learn more about how you can volunteer to help Australians affected by blood cancer, call 1800 620 420 or visit our volunteer section.