Faces of Hope: Betty Benson
Betty, along with her husband Cliff are Fight Cancer Foundation's longest serving volunteers and have taken on a number of different roles in that time. Today, Betty can be seen at Fight Cancer Foundation's Geelong Recycle Shop and manning our fundraising stalls at The Royal Melbourne Hospital with Cliff.
How long have you been involved with Fight Cancer Foundation?
I have been involved with Fight Cancer Foundation since its inception – previously known as the Bone Marrow Donor Institute. It was and is a rock for so many people who are affected by cancer.
How did you become involved?
When my husband was diagnosed with Chronic Myleoid Leukaemia in 1991 there was no treatment in Australia at that time. He subsequently had a transplant in 1993. I was delighted to become involved with Fight Cancer Foundation then Bone Marrow Donor Institute – our fledging organisation.
Why do you choose to volunteer your time with Fight Cancer Foundation?
To continue the support that Fight Cancer Foundation provides to the patients and their families who are the victims of leukaemia and other associated illnesses.
It has been my privilege and pleasure to be a part of such an important organisation. To see the commitment and compassion to the plight of others – which is so willingly given by all who are a part of this organisation is something I am very proud of and promote at every opportunity, I feel very privileged indeed.