Each day 27 South Australians will hear the words ‘you have cancer’. Many of these people will become survivors, their lives changed forever. But sadly, almost half will lose their lives, leaving behind a never-ending ripple effect on families and friends.
It was for this reason I was honoured to meet Sarah Tinney, a local resident, who made a promise to her mother to help raise money to cure cancer when she was first diagnosed. Sadly, Sarah’s mother lost her battle in 2007.
But from tragedy comes triumph, so Sarah and her long-time friend and neighbour, Sarah Ventress (“the two Sarahs”) became The Marilyn’s. The Marilyn’s are a group of bold, fabulous women who take part in the Brighton Jetty Classic each year, swimming or paddling 400 metres around the Brighton Jetty dressed head to toe as everyone’s favourite 1950s icon, Marilyn Monroe.
Sarah explained that at the heart of every Marilyn there is a common goal to make a difference in the lives of people living with cancer. United by shared cancer experience, the Marilyn’s are a sisterhood of support, who are determined to raise funds that will change the future of cancer.
Last week I met with the Sarah’s at our Biggest Morning Tea fundraiser. It was lovely to be able to speak with them about the Marilyn’s and what they have achieved over the years.
It was for this reason that I have asked the Sarahs to be a part of my annual Winter Warmer Fundraiser and bring a little Marilyn vibe to this year’s event.
Proceeds from the event will go to Cancer Council SA on behalf of the Marylin’s and help them make a difference to those affected by cancer. Look out for more information on my Winter Warmer and Community Recognition Awards in the coming weeks.