Cancer journey sparks Dry July decision

Jessica CuthbertAlbany Advertiser

Nilla Spark is going dry this July to support the complementary service of Solaris Care in the Great Southern.

Dry July is a month-long challenge that provides an opportunity for people to raise funds for those affected by cancer, a cause close to Mrs Spark’s heart.

During July, participants sacrifice all forms of alcohol — not only to raise funds for cancer sufferers but to reflect on their own drinking habits and promote a healthy lifestyle.

In 2004, Mrs Spark was diagnosed with breast cancer.

She underwent radiotherapy treatment in 2005.

“For me it was a turning point in my life,” she said.

“I want to be the face of inspiration and encouragement so people stop and realise, ‘Wow there is life after cancer’.

“Looking back, I can see what I have achieved, what I have done and who I have met, all because of my breast cancer journey and I’ve been given a second chance.”

Mrs Spark said Solaris Care was a blessing and she would do whatever she could to help its services continue and grow.

She said she was looking forward to being this year’s Dry July ambassador.

“When you’re going through treatment it is a very lonely experience — it’s a solo journey no matter how many loved ones you have around you,” she said. “Solaris Care was there every step of the way — they knew and they understood and I will forever support them however I can.

“They have always been there, and not only for the person with cancer but the families and partner too.”

Mrs Spark said it didn’t matter where you went and where you turned — there was always someone affected by cancer.

“I’m doing this challenge for them, and I’m doing this challenge for Solaris,” she said.

Her target is to raise $5000 .

To join or support her, visit https://www.dryjuly.com/users/nilla-spark

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