David and Rox McNamara
“When Rox was diagnosed with breast cancer late in 2018, it felt like our whole world just fell apart. Telling our four kids was the hardest moment we have ever had to deal with.
All of a sudden life was a whirlwind of various doctors’ appointments, including the visit to the surgeon who was very straightforward about what was going to happen, and then the oncologist who told us what the treatment plan would be.
So in 2019 the fight began, from surgery to chemotherapy, radiation and still having to earn a living working in our café.
The moment we walked into the Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre is one we will both never forget. Coming out of the lift and seeing so many people there - it was like a bus station. It was so overwhelming, us both not realising that all these people were here for the same reason. The professionalism of the cancer centre is just amazing and everyone helped to make it feel like home because it seemed we were always there.
The Sunshine Walk allowed us to give something back in 2019. It was fantastic and this year is only going to be bigger and better as is Team McNamara. Bring on 2020!”
“In late 2018, I noticed a lump on my left thigh. A few months later I booked a doctor’s appointment thinking it was nothing to worry about. After being sent for a few tests and scans, I was diagnosed with a Myxoid Sarcoma. Jorja was 32 weeks pregnant at the time with our first child.
I began radiotherapy at Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre, with a 28-day treatment program aimed at shrinking and sterilising the cancer. Our son, Tex, arrived midway through my treatment. The staff were amazing and made the process the best it could be. In July 2019, on my 27th birthday, I had the cancer removed by sarcoma specialist, Prof. Peter Choong, in Melbourne at St Vincent's Hospital. We are now on an eight-year plan of scans and check-ups to make sure the sarcoma doesn’t return.
We are taking part in the Sunshine Walk to give back to the community where we can. It’s also to thank everyone at the cancer centre and the people who supported me along the way. I hope we can do our part in raising cancer awareness and showing it can affect anyone. The past year has been a journey for our little family and this walk will be a celebration for getting through it all.”