WHEN the doctor told Donna Kirkland she had cervical cancer, she laughed.
"I was in my first year of university," she said. "He said 'no it's serious'. I was only about 19."
The Rockhampton woman is this year's Face of Hope for Cancer Council Queensland's (CCQ) annual fundraiser, Daffodil Day.
Speaking to The Morning Bulletin earlier this week, Ms Kirkland said early detection saved her life.
"I don't like to use the word battle, because for me it wasn't," she said.
"I got a really early diagnosis so the treatment wasn't radical. Now I have three miracle children."
Ms Kirkland said she joined CCQ soon after her diagnosis, but stepped up her involvement when she lost a close friend to the disease.
She said thanks to CCQ, every day researchers were one step closer to finding a cure.
"Cancer survival rates have increased by 30% over the past 20 years... that's massive," she said.
She said Daffodil Day, which is on August 22, was all about spreading that hope.
"I want to support others touched by cancer so that they can move through it and know that there is victory on the other side," she said.
"The emphasis isn't on what's been; it's on what's coming up in the future... on the breakthrough."
Cancer Council Queensland regional fundraising co-ordinator Jessica O'Neill said it only took a simple gesture to give hope for better treatments, hope for more survivors and hope for a cancer-free future.
"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," Ms O'Neill said.
More information at daffodilday.com.au.
DAFFODIL DAY STALLS
- Gracemere Shopping Centre
- City Centre Plaza
- Allenstown Plaza Shopping Centre
- Priceline Glenmore
- Rockhampton Base Hospital
- Stockland Rockhampton
- Kern Arcade
- Northside Plaza
- Dean St IGA
- Keppel Bay Plaza Yeppoon
- Yeppoon Central Shopping Centre
- Emu Park