Clare Lubich is a young, vibrant single mother of two, always looking to put others first. When diagnosed, she felt like she was battling cancer alone, and reached out for a helping hand.
This year Ms Lubich has signed up for Dry July to raise funds for Solaris Cancer Care and help provide support services to others going through the same journey. Dry July is a national event in which participants opt to go a month without alcohol to raise funds for cancer support organisations.
“When was going through cancer I felt fearful and alone, I was facing radiation treatment after already undergoing two surgeries. I was worried about how this would affect my teenage daughters; I wanted to be strong as I have always been there for them. With no other family in Perth, I wondered who would be there for me.” states Clare.
Clare came to Solaris Cancer Care, formally Cancer Support WA, for help “ …it became my sanctuary, a welcome island in a very turbulent and grey sea. The centre gave me the strength I needed.
I came across the Cottesloe support centre, through a recommendation by one of their clients; she was on her own cancer journey. From the moment I walked in, I knew I was in the right place.
I have embraced everything on offer at the centre. There is a wide and encompassing selection of all that is needed in helping, supporting and complementing your treatment and wellness program. What I loved the most is, it is about taking control over parts of your health journey and feeling empowered and nurtured along the way.
I initially started with the much needed support group and then progressed to an amazing array of courses, talks, and classes. I have loved the people I have met and the experiences I have had. There is a positive and uplifting atmosphere and a real sense of support.”
With the support of Solaris Cancer Care, Clare was able to get through treatment. She urges the community to help others like herself who may be receiving treatment away from their family “I am so thankful and grateful for the support that was so generously given to me on my road to a healthy and happy life. I implore everyone to sign up or donate to my Dry July to keep services like Solaris Cancer Care going. “
You can support Clare and the Solaris Cancer Care Perth Team by signing up at dryjuly.com.au for Solaris Cancer Care or donate to the following:
• Clare Lubich Dry July profile: https://www.dryjuly.com/users/clare-lubich
• Solaris Cancer Care Perth Team: https://www.dryjuly.com/teams/solaris-cancer-care-perth