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  It was February 2013 and Judith Fletcher was facing a grim situation. Following a triple bypass and a severe infection, she had developed type 2 diabetes.   Her medical condition meant that she was also getting virtually no exercise, to the extent of having trouble even walking.   However, three months and lots of hard work later, Judith had turned things around. She had lost weight, was going to the gym twice a week, had renewed interest in her hobbies and no longer needed insulin to control her diabetes during the day.   Judith put her newly-rediscovered zest for life down to two things... Read more View Profile
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  An Opportunity For Reconciliation In 1997 Peter Gibbs' sister died in police custody. Within the local indigenous community there were calls for violent protests - Peter's family just had to give the go ahead. But they didn't. Sharing their sorrow around the kitchen table the family chose another path to honour Fiona. For a decade Peter lobbied tirelessly to find someone within NSW Police who would share his dream of inspiring more indigenous Australians to join the police force to build bridges with indigenous communities and become role models for disenfranchised... Read more View Profile
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  As we approached Bear Cottage for the first time my thoughts were predictably confused. Having decided to ‘test the water’ by staying for the weekend, I was hoping that we might have found somewhere that would help ease the pressure on all of us, at least for a little time.   I was hoping too that it would be somewhere that Eloise, our ten year old daughter, would find comfortable and enable her to be at ease. I also knew that ‘there was no place like home’ and that, especially for Eloise, the security of her bedroom, with all her knick knacks, toys and teddy bears around her and the... Read more View Profile
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  “If I had three wishes, what would they be?” It’s a question that has provoked my most unattainable desires ever since Aladdin rubbed his magic lamp.   I’d always wanted to have the powers of Goku (the Z fighter from Dragin Ball Z). I longed to be James Bond. And, perhaps, most peculiarly, I really wanted confidence. This is how I came to make those wishes come true.   My name is Rostyn, I like to call myself Ross for short - I grew up in South Africa. When I was five, my parents got divorced and my mother was free from the clutches of my tyrannical father who constantly abused us.... Read more View Profile
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  Tristan Diagnosed with bone cancer aged 9. Leg amputated above the knee. Relapsed aged 12: cancer in the lung. 22 courses of chemo. Tristan Knowles’ cancer journey tested him before he was even a teenager. Tristan Knowles, OAM, today (29): Australia Wheelchair Basketball Gold Medallist, Beijing Paralympics. Silver medallist, London Paralympics.   Camp Quality took Tristan on 8 of our Camps in Canberra, where he learnt the power of unrelenting optimism and resilience. Tristan says: “As any child with cancer and their families know, these periods are tough. Lots of time is... Read more View Profile
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  A cancer diagnosis is something no family ever wants to deal with. I discovered a lump in my breast three months after moving to Moree to teach in 2006. I had met many people in town and discovered the amazing generosity and friendliness of the people of Moree but it was difficult being away from my family in Armidale and Uralla when I was diagnosed and receiving treatment.   May 2013 was my seven-year anniversary of finding the lump and it seems like a lifetime ago. Because of my distance from medical specialists, I was told of the diagnosis and future treatment options by phone in a... Read more View Profile
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  I had never heard of Cure Cancer until I received an email one day and it was about the trek up Kilimanjaro to raise funds for research and there was one place left. I remember seeing it and I had a pang, oh, I would love to do that, I have always wanted to go to Africa and how awesome would it be to climb Mt Kilimanjaro?   Then I started reading more about Cure Cancer Australia and went, yep, yep, yep. What really attracts me to Cure Cancer is their focus on research, that is really important to me, that we keep focusing on that. I also like the concept of them funding young researchers... Read more View Profile
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  Young Aboriginal role model Delila Bonney started working as an Administrative Assistant with the Communications and Marketing Branch of the Department of Mines and Petroleum after she completed her pre-employment program with the David Wirrpanda Foundation.   She’s one of four Indigenous students to have been awarded a job at the department under the Indigenous Employment Strategy (IES).   She said her family and friends were so proud when Delila started working at the Department of Mines and Petroleum, some have been inspired to follow in her footsteps.   “I think I shocked them because... Read more View Profile

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