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Wednesday, November 4, 2015 – PAGE 7
By Lisa Pahl
When Casey Spencer found a lump on
her neck she had no idea it would turn out
to be cancer.
The vibrant 21-year-old Nairne woman was
shocked when a doctor diagnosed her with
Hodgkin’s lymphoma – a form of cancer that
develops tumors in the body’s lymph nodes.
“I hardly drink, I don’t smoke and I’m pretty
healthy so for me to be diagnosed with cancer,
it’s been such a big shock,” she said.
Miss Spencer was diagnosed in May and
had to undergo several biopsies, as well as
fortnightly chemotherapy that will continue
until the end of the year.
She has had to stop work and step down from
her role as a volunteer with the SES.
“It has been difficult,” Miss Spencer said.
“I guess I am lucky in a way because the
doctor said it would take about six months
out of my life, but it’s one of the most curable
cancers you can get.
“I’ve also surrounded myself with positive
people who are really supportive.”
Extra support has also come from CanTeen,
which provides services and assistance for
cancer patients aged 12–24.
“I have met a few people through CanTeen
already and I’m going to a camp in Sydney in a
few weeks, so I hope to meet a few more,” Miss
“It’s really nice just to talk to people who
are going through similar things or who have
experienced cancer in their lives at a young
CanTeen marks its 30th anniversary this
year and last Friday held its 21st National
Bandanna Day to raise funds and awareness
for the organisation.
CanTeen chief executive Peter Orchard said
every day 63 young people were affected by
cancer – whether through their own diagnosis
or that of a family member.
“Through CanTeen, young people can access
specialist treatment, learn to cope with the
impact cancer has on their life and connect
with others their own age who have been
through similar cancer experiences,” he said.
Funds raised through this year’s National
Bandanna Day will go towards providing
peer support programs for young people with
cancer, online support, counselling services
and medical treatment for young people.
It’s not too late to donate, with payments still
accepted online at www.supportbandannaday.
By Lisa Pahl
Building a town square or
open space in Mt Barker’s town
centre, using recycled water to
boost economic development
and establishing new sport
and recreation facilities are
among the Mt Barker Council’s
priorities for the future.
The key projects, outlined in a
new draft strategic plan, are some
of the aims the council has for the
region for the next 20 years.
It wants to increase its water
recycling and reuse business to
increase the opportunities for
economic development in the
region, and also has plans to
support the growth of industries
adding, hospitality, nature-based
tourism and education.
Establishing new sport and
recreation facilities and an aquatic
centre have been identified as high
priorities, as has developing a town
square or area of open space in the
Mt Barker CBD.
Lobbying for improved public
region’s heritage, encouraging
new major sporting and cultural
events are also among the plan’s
The draft plan was written
included feedback from more than
People can have their say on the
draft plan until November 24.
Copies of the plan and an online
questionnaire are available at
Council outlines key
projects for region
Funds raised from the annual National Bandanna Day will be used to support young people with
cancer, like Casey Spencer of Nairne.
Nearly $2m in com-
munity donations to
victims of January’s
Sampson Flat Bush-
fire have been dis-
tributed by the State
man Barry Grear said
all the money and any
accrued interest on the
$1.92m fund had now
“Included in the dis-
tribution were pay-
ments to 12 commu-
nity groups for projects
to help and support
the local community,”
“Some groups will
like firefighting trail-
ers or UHF radios to
help with emergency
“A children’s bus stop
shelter will also be
rebuilt to provide an
even better facility for
donations were made
to the fund by individ-
uals and businesses.
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