At 30, Bobbi Garland was newly married and ready to start a family. This changed after a reoccurring sharp pain led her to finding an unusual lump. Bobbi was diagnosed with early breast cancer in April 2019, after seeing her doctor and undergoing numerous tests.
“Being so young with my whole life ahead of exciting things to come, it came as a huge shock. I am so lucky to live in a community which has an incredible centre, kind staff and brilliant doctors. I was able to remain local for all my treatments and with the knowledge I was in great hands, as I had no idea what to expect or what I was in for."
On the last day of radiotherapy, Bobbi signed up for the 2019 Sunshine Walk. She completed the 20km course and finished at the top of the individual leaderboard, having raised $3035. Her team of 11 friends and family members, including husband Luke, smashed their fundraising target of $7500 to raise almost $12,000. Bobbi said she was keen to give back to the centre in anyway she could, and to do the walk in support of the ones who can’t be there.
“The centre had a huge impact on my life and I will always be grateful. I am proud to be an Ambassador to support this vital health service for our community."
Marie and Bill Orr
“The Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre has saved my husband, Bill’s life on more than one occasion.
Bill, 84, was diagnosed with prostate cancer in mid-2019. After undergoing life-saving treatment, and receiving his final test results, oncologist Dr Craig MacLeod asked if he could investigate a chronic cough that Bill had had for years. He sent him off for scans which revealed a massive tumour in his bowel. Bill underwent surgery on August 11, 2020 and has been cancer-free ever since.
We are very grateful that Dr MacLeod decided to go the extra mile and investigate Bill’s cough. He could’ve told us that everything was right with his prostate, sent us home and we might have only found out about the bowel cancer when it was too late. But because of Dr MacLeod, and all the wonderful staff at the cancer centre, I still have a husband and our children still have their father.”
Marie Orr participated in the Sunshine Walk in both 2019 and 2020 as one of 16 members of the Hearts of Howlong team. Last year she completed the 10km walk and as part of her fundraising, shaved her head and dyed it yellow. Marie took out the Individual Cup after raising an incredible $7346 for the Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre Trust Fund.