This article originally appeared on the Cancer Council SA website.
For the past eight years, GenesisCare have been giving more than clinical support to their patients, they have been giving hope.
Since their support started, GenesisCare has raised and contributed more than $90,000 for Cancer Council SA through hosting for Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea every May, funding Cancer Council SA’s Transport to Treatment service, and supporting Daffodil Day in a special way.
Each year without fail, the organisation purchases boxes of daffodils from Cancer Council SA, handing out hundreds of individual stems to each and every one of their patients across all four of their locations on Daffodil Day.
With the simple gesture generating much emotion, for all involved.
Director of Nursing in SA, Karen Buckley, says participating on the day is all about letting patients know that GenesisCare staff are there as a clinical and emotional support throughout treatment, as well as supporting the ‘good cause’ that is Cancer Council SA.
“I’ve been asking people about our involvement on Daffodil Day and from what I’ve been told, some of the reactions seem quite emotional—even for the staff who develop relationships with patients when seeing some of them almost daily,” Karen explains.
“Some of the patients get teary and have a cry, or give us a hug and say ‘thank you’.
“It’s not a big thing to do but the impact is quite significant for our patients and for us it’s lovely to see their reactions and to see that they really appreciate that we are here for them.
“We are so privileged to be able to work with our patients and supporting them on Daffodil Day is our way to do something for them.”
While this won’t be Karen’s first Daffodil Day, it will be her first time taking part in the GenesisCare tradition.
“I am very excited about Daffodil Day this year,” she says.
“Daffodil Day has absolutely taken on a whole new dimension for me after seeing first-hand the benefits of cancer research.
“The better outcomes, the reduction in treatment side effects… these are real life benefits that we are seeing now.
“We’ve come such a long way in such a short time which is so important because with the statistics the way they are, you or someone you know will reap the benefits of the research funded through events like Daffodil Day.
“This is why we want to get on board with Cancer Council and do our bit, to raise awareness and funds because so many are affected by cancer.”
This year GenesisCare are stepping up to support Daffodil Day—and their patients—in a whole new way, by signing up four staff members to volunteer as fundraisers out on the streets of Adelaide for the day.
Cancer Council SA Chief Executive Lincoln Size says supporters like GenesisCare are vital.
“GenesisCare are fantastic partners and their support, not just on Daffodil Day, but throughout the year, enables us to fund research programs and initiatives that support all South Australians impacted by cancer,” he says.
Karen says Daffodil Day is a good way to bring focus back to cancer awareness, and encourages everyone to get on board with this years’ event.
“I would ask everyone to support the day by purchasing daffodils and wearing one as a symbol of support and let those affected know that we are there for them,” she says.
“It breaks my heart to think that people feel like they have to go through it alone.
“Daffodil Day is a chance for everyone to come together to make a difference.”