You never think it will happen to your family: Melanie McLennan.
You never think it will happen to your family: Melanie McLennan.

Cancer scientist comes to Warwick

WHEN Melanie McLennan's mum was dying from ovarian cancer she held her daughter's hand and made her promise she would get tested.

“She kept saying, you get yourself checked out,” the emotional Warwick business woman recalled.

“Ovarian is one of those cancers that isn't curable, but if you detect it early it can be treated.”

Two years on, losing her mother still elicits a response tinged with sadness.

“She was a very special person and I still miss her incredibly,” she said.

But it has made Mrs McLennan more aware of her own health and increasingly motivated to support scientists at the forefront of cancer research.

In a cruel twist of fate it is now her father battling cancer and surviving, thanks to breakthroughs in drug treatment.

“We need to do what we can to support those working towards a cure,” Mrs McLennan said. This week she is promoting the work of former Australian of the Year and renowned cancer researcher Professor Ian Frazer.

Professor Frazer will be guest speaker at a Warwick Zonta Club-organised dinner at the Abbey of the Roses on Saturday.

“You never think it will be your family, but sometimes it is, so we all need to support this sort this research.”

Limited tickets to the dinner are available from Style Shoes, Palmerin Street.



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