Magnolia a symbol of strength in hope for BDC Reverend
WITH faith, grace and a brave face, Reverend Marion Tanfield is coping with the diagnosis that cancer plaguing her pancreas has spread to her liver and is inoperable.
The mother of four, who works as a chaplain at Bishop Druitt College, got the grim diagnosis just last month.
"No matter what we are facing, there is hope," Marion said.
"I won't let the tumour beat me - my life is bigger than that.
"I don't want to know how long I have to live.
"I know that every day is a new day.
"I look forward to this day and making it the best it can be for me and my family."
The Anglican priest draws strength from her faith and chooses an attitude aligned with hope and the promise of eternal life.
Marion's family is working toward establishing a foundation in her legacy, to be called the Marion Tanfield Magnolia Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research.
Her daughter, Anthea, said they want to raise awareness and funds to go toward research.
"It's a silent killer," Anthea said.
"Quite often there are no signs until it's too late.
"Even if we could change one person's life, it would be a wonderful thing."
Fundraisers for the foundation will be held once it is established.
Marion said a magnolia tree will be planted at Bishop Druitt College in her memory.