ONE DAY: Cancer survivor Ena Murphy of Tewantin looks forward to Daffodil Day, the International symbol of hope.
ONE DAY: Cancer survivor Ena Murphy of Tewantin looks forward to Daffodil Day, the International symbol of hope. Geoff Potter

Hope strong ally in battle

HOPE blooms every year for Noosa cancer survivor Ena Murphy, as Daffodil Day becomes a hardy annual symbol of the support she needed to beat her biggest challenge.

And with every commemoration of her win, Ena remains determined to give hope to others touched by the disease - dedicating her time as a Cancer Council Queensland volunteer.

Ena received her ovarian cancer diagnosis 10 years ago, and now with other members of the Noosa Cancer Council Queensland branch, she helps turn the town yellow by selling fresh daffodils and merchandise.

She will be part of a floral feel good stand set up at Noosa Fair Shopping Centre (near Coles) on Friday, August 22, from 8.30am-5pm for Daffodil Day.

The daffodil is an international symbol of hope and Ena wants to inspire hope in others battling the disease.

"The daffodil is my favourite flower, and Daffodil Day is a happy time for me - I love being able to hear people's stories - it's a lovely reminder that you're not alone," Ena said.

"I'm calling on all Queenslanders to support Daffodil Day this year - not only can you brighten someone's day with a bunch of beautiful daffodils or a cute teddy bear, but you're helping our mission for a cancer-free future."

Cancer Council Queensland regional fundraising co-ordinator Esther Attewell said that this year, Cancer Council hoped to sell 800,000 daffodils statewide - something that could not be achieved without vital community support.

"With the help of Sunshine Coast volunteers like Ena we can help to make Daffodil Day a success and turn the town yellow," Esther said.

"A bright splash of yellow does more than light up the community - it means we are taking steps to beat cancer and to show our support to those affected."

This Daffodil Day, Cancer Council Queensland hopes to raise $1.7 million to support work in cancer research, education and patient support services.

For more information about Daffodil Day, visit daffodilday.com.au, or call the Fundraising Hotline 1300 65 65 85.

Cancer Council Queensland is an community-based charity, the achievements of which are made possible by the generosity of Queenslanders.

Find more information about Cancer Council Queensland at http://www.cancerqld.org.au or phone the Cancer Council helpline on 13 11 20.


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