Ann Lawson and her daughter Camelle Latcham are preparing to host another Biggest Morning Tea in honour of Ann’s son Dennis, who died battling a rare form of cancer.
Ann Lawson and her daughter Camelle Latcham are preparing to host another Biggest Morning Tea in honour of Ann’s son Dennis, who died battling a rare form of cancer. Kerri Burns-Taylor

Biggest Morning Tea in honour of son who lost life to cancer

WHEN Ann Lawson told her cancer-stricken son she was considering shaving her head in solidarity with him, he suggested she stick to what she knows - a cuppa.

So she did.

Now, 11 years after she lost her son Dennis, Ann is preparing to hold yet another of her Biggest Morning Teas in honour of him.

Tragically, Dennis died from cancer treatment complications just hours after his family learned he was cancer-free.

He never got to find out the bone marrow transplant from his loving sister, Camelle, had been successful.

Despite the tragedy of losing someone they love, Ann and Camelle are determined to turn their negative experience into a positive.

This year will be the 14th time the family has hosted the event at Ann's Allora home and she said it was all inspired by Dennis' cheeky wit.

"I told him people had suggested I shaved my head to support him," Ann said.

"He told me 'you can do it if you want to but I can tell you, I'm going to laugh my guts out'," she said.

"He said 'why don't you do what all grandmas do - have a cuppa'?"

Ann hopes lifting coffee mugs will this year raise at least $5000 for research into Ewing's Sarcoma, the cancer that affected her son.

"We can't save Dennis but if we can save someone else - it's all worth it," she said.

The event will be held at 10am on May 23 at 5 Jubb St, Allora. Everyone is welcome and the day will include plenty of prizes, kindly donated by local businesses.

A handcrafted jewellery box will also be raffled off before the morning tea event.

To buy a raffle ticket, phone Ann on 4666 3562.



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