In Rachael’s words
“My family was stretched to breaking trying to figure out how to support both of us so it was very difficult. Friends and co-workers would ask me what they could do, but I found that awkward, and my pride held me back from accepting the help I really could have used. So I would say no, and then later on worry how I was going to change my bed sheets or sort through the insurance paperwork or manage the garden.
If I had to go through it again, I would accept more help. And it goes both ways. My friends really wanted to help, but I didn’t let them. I robbed them of that chance to validate our friendship. My message to anyone going through a similar experience is that you may not realise it yet, but you will need help, your friends genuinely want to help you, and they need you to give them a job that has meaning and value to you. CanDo has been designed to make this easier to achieve”
CanDo has another goal, which is to be a platform to talk about the importance of medical research.
“CanDo is proud to have The Garvan Institute of Medical Research as our founding sponsor.
Supporting medical research is something we strongly believe in. The Garvan will be supporting CanDo in their programs and CanDo will help spread the word about how The Garvan is delivering world-class innovations in approaches to diseases, in a way that is relevant and motivating to people going through treatment, and their supporter network.
CanDo is dedicated to the memory of my sister.”
Katherine Maree Scott (nee Lonergan)
b. 16.2.67 – d. 31.3.13
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