How can you help: By nominating someone for the dedication walk or by making a donation, or both.
(Please note -- NO donation is necessary to nominate a person for the walk.)
You can nominate yourself or someone close to you who has had personal experience of cancer. If you are nominating someone who has died from the illness, please include their age at death or the year they died. For privacy reasons, if you wish to nominate someone who is battling the illness or has survived it, please discuss it with them first and get their permission to do so. Whoever you nominate, you should include a brief description of your nominee's greatest strengths, abilities or qualities.
Please keep your letters short. The following examples are ideas only, and not based on real people...
Example 1:I nominate my father, John Smith, for the Join the Dot's dedication walk. His greatest strength was in making people laugh. He never took himself too seriously and was such a positive person to be around. He passed away from lung cancer in 2006, aged 62.
Example 2:I nominate my daughter, Jane Smith, who survived two bouts of acute lymphoblastic leukaemia when she was in her teens. Now 25, she's a beautiful young woman. When she agreed to let me nominate her for the Join the Dots walk she asked me what I would say her best quality was. That's easy; she's always been able to accept what life's offered her - whether good or bad - with grace. I can't ever remember her feeling sorry for herself.
Why Join the Dots?
Mark Gibbens' walk is about making connections.
- through his fundraising. Mark hopes to help medical researchers close the gaps in their understanding of cancer and how to cure it.
- by donating money, members of the community help researcher's bridge the gap one dot at a time.
- by channelling some of their earnings towards such a project, corporate sponsors acknowledge that people are the building blocks of their business.
- by being nominated for the dedication walk and hearing what others consider their greatest strength, ability or quality, people with cancer may feel less isolated by the disease.
- by nominating someone who has died from cancer for the dedication walk, those left behind are saluting the deceased person's journey through life.
- by dedicating each day of his walk to a person or group, Mark is linking these people in a chain of hope for the future.
- Up to 70,000 people in WA are living with cancer or have survived it.
- About 80 WA children a year are treated for cancer or leukaemia, with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia and brain tumours being the most common forms.
- An estimated 106,000 new cases of cancer are diagnosed in Australia each year.
- 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will be diagnosed with cancer before the age of 85.
- Cancer is a leading cause of death in Australia - more than 39,000 people are estimated to die from cancer each year.
- More than 60% of cancer patients will survive more than five years after diagnosis.
- The survival rate for many common cancers has increased by more than 30% in the past two decades.
- The most common cancers in Australia (excluding non-melanoma skin cancer) are prostrate, colorectal (bowel), breast, melanoma and lung cancer.
- About 374,000 cases of non-melanoma skin cancer (the most frequently occuring cancer in Australia, but the least life-threatening) are also diagnosed each year.
- Cancer costs $2.7 billion direct health system costs.
- $215 million was spent on cancer research in 2000-01, 18% of all health research expenditure in Australia.
(Source: Cancer Council Australia, www.cancer.org.au)