Behind Can Assist’s Olga Forner: who cares for the carer?

Over the past 16 years, Can Assist president Olga Forner has helped more than 4,000 MIA families impacted by cancer. 

Friend Brendan Catanzariti explains what Ms Forner does in a different way. 

“The minute Olga finds out something’s wrong, she just steps in and takes care of everything. It’s a tough journey for the family, and she’s there every step of the way”.  

“The endless and thankless work Olga and her volunteers does is all for free”.

But have you ever wondered who cares for the carer? 

The Area News caught up with Ms Forner to ask her about her work, life and her charity and have summerised her responses below.   

How challenging is it to be president of Can Assist?  

I love helping families, but it’s quite an intense job can take it’s toll. But I’m very lucky to have a fabulous family and group of volunteers.  I wouldn’t be able to do what I do without them. 

The endless and thankless work Olga and her volunteers does is for free.

Brendan Catanzariti

What do you do to unwind after hours spent caring for cancer patients? 

I go home and have a wine with my husband.

I also like to read a good murder mystery book. 

What makes Can Assist so important? 

In terms of cancer charities, there’s nothing much for adults. 

The good thing abut Griffith Can Assist is it’s all about Griffith. 

All the money we raise goes to helping local people. 

What challenges do Griffith cancer patients face? 

The cost of travel to Wagga, Sydney and Melbourne for medical treatment can be massive.

The financial stress adds to the emotional trauma for the families, which is where Can Assist steps up.

What do you hope for in the future with Can Assist? 

We really need more young people coming through to volunteer for Can Assist. 

The ladies and myself have been doing it for a long time, but won’t be there forever. 

If you’d like to donate or volunteer with Can Assist, you can get in touch with them via their website.