Sam Ramage says CanTeen helps her cope with the loss of her mum Valerie, who died of breast cancer two years ago.
Sam Ramage says CanTeen helps her cope with the loss of her mum Valerie, who died of breast cancer two years ago. Max Fleet

CanTeen helps cancer sufferers

SAM Ramage knows how hard it is to lose someone to cancer.

Two weeks before her 15th birthday, her mum Valerie died of breast cancer, aged just 47.

“It was really hard,” Sam said.

“I went through sadness and then anger.”

Now 17 and in Year 12 at Kepnock State High School, Sam still bears the scars of losing her mum, but is able to cope with the help of CanTeen.

“They used to call me and they still email me,” she said.

“If it wasn't for them I probably would have sat there and did nothing and not get out there and not listening to other people's stories.”

CanTeen liaison officer Kate Hoogeveen said the organisation reached out to people aged between 12 and 24 affected by cancer.

“The inspiration behind CanTeen is the belief that young people are better able to cope with the uncertainties of a cancer diagnosis through meeting and talking with other young people who have had a similar experience and understand exactly what they are going through,” she said.

That's why CanTeen hosts a regional tour, which will visit Bundaberg on Sunday.

Members will take part in a game of bowling and laser tag at Bundy Bowl and Leisure.

Sam said the best part about the group was its activity days.

“You just hang out and chill and forget everything,” she said.

Sam is also asking people to support CanTeen's biggest fundraising and awareness event –– Bandanna Day –– on Friday, October 29.



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