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College unites in sea of purple to increase awareness

Anthea Flowers with supporters at BDC for Marion Magnolia foundation. 12 November 2015. Photo Trevor Veale/Coffs Coast Advocate
Anthea Flowers with supporters at BDC for Marion Magnolia foundation. 12 November 2015. Photo Trevor Veale/Coffs Coast Advocate Trevor Veale

BISHOP Druitt College turned purple and held a high tea fundraiser yesterday to mark World Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Day.

The high tea was held in support of the school's former chaplain, Reverend Marion Tanfield, who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in June, and to raise funds for pancreatic cancer research.

Since her diagnosis, Marion has been a firm and devout advocate for raising awareness about pancreatic cancer and raising funds towards research.

Friend and teacher at BDC April Harris said it was Marion's wish for the main focus of yesterday's high tea to be on raising awareness about one of the world's most unknown cancers.

"In true Marion style, she doesn't want the fundraising to be the focus of today - the focus is more on awareness and that's what her wish is," April said.

Pancreatic cancer is the seventh biggest cancer killer, with about 280,000 cases diagnosed worldwide each year.

Ms Harris said Marion's goal was to increase awareness about pancreatic cancer to ensure it had the same public importance as other cancers like breast cancer.

"(Marion's) legacy that she's really trying to get out there is to make it one of those really upfront projects so people know what to look for and start getting tests to cure it."

Topics:  bishop druitt college pancreatic cancer



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