WATCHING her gorgeous granddaughter Abby Butcher giggle into a bunch of daffodils is Joy Dance’s idea of bliss.
That cheeky grin and those yellow blooms are symbols of hope.
Three weeks before six-year-old Abby was born with a rare, life-threatening kidney disorder, doctors diagnosed Mrs Dance with stage four breast cancer.
If that wasn’t enough to have to deal with, a few years later her husband Brian discovered he had prostate cancer and then leukaemia.
To say the family have had a tumultuous time would be an understatement, but with Abby now doing well and both her grandparents in remission, things are looking up.
“We have had a pretty turbulent time,” Mrs Dance said.
“I remember my doctor found the lump in my breast three weeks before Abby was born, even though I’d had regular mammograms.
“I saw the surgeon on the Wednesday and he performed the surgery the next day.
“I had chemo and ray treatment.
“Daffodil Day helps raise money for research and research in any form, whether it’s for cancer or for kidneys, is important. Without it we wouldn’t be here. It is research that continues to keep us alive.”
Daffodil Day is the Cancer Council’s largest annual fund-raising event.
By supporting the day, locals will help give hope to those like Joy and her family affected by cancer.
Keep your eye out for Daffodil Day merchandise on sale today to lend the Cancer Council a hand to beat cancer.