A Colac district family has channelled their heartache into raising almost $50,000 towards finding a cure for brain cancer.
Balintore’s Lang family lost their daughter and sister Rebecca in 2013 to glioblastoma multiform, a rare and aggressive form of brain cancer, only six months after her diagnosis.
Rebecca was only 27.
The Langs’ fundraising campaign, which had raised $49,116 when the Colac Herald went to print, has been spearheaded by Rebecca’s mother Cheryl.
Cheryl has been making photocards to sell through Colac district businesses including G.O.R.G.E Chocolates, Colac Tourist Information Centre, Le Bon Cheveux and Café Rooke, and they have been a constant contribution to the fundraising total.
“I’d love to place them at other businesses around the district as well,” she said.
“I got the first lot done at the Herald about two or three years ago now,” Cheryl said.
“Rebecca took a lot of photos when she was travelling or of her horses and things, so I’ve picked some of her photos and used some of mine.
“And then the actual logo I’ve used for her cards is what I call the lonely drover, and it’s just a great photo she took with a friend up near Swan Hill, it’s just in a paddock and a man’s walking along with a horse into the sunset.
“It’s one of the first cards I had done and it’s just a great card, Rebecca studied ag science, so that’s a nice significant card.”
Cheryl said her daughter’s love of animals and agriculture science shone through in her own photographs.
“A majority of my cards are birds, and that just happened when I started thinking about the cards and I became aware of nature and birds, and I just thought they were a nice thing to photograph, and it’s become a bit of an interest to find different birds to photograph,” she said.
Cheryl said she was blown away by the generosity of people and hoped she would reach $50,000 to make a significant contribution to curing brain cancer.
See today’s Colac Herald for more.