When Cassandra Amood heard about the Stars of Sydney South West – Dance for Cancer on August 10 she thought about two things.
No.1 was that feeling. That feeling of going through chemotherapy. A feeling she wouldn’t wish on her worst enemy.
The second was the support she received from the Cancer Council and the hope that one day fewer people would have to deal with the “tough fight” of cancer.
“So when Club Marconi asked me to represent them I thought it was a great chance to help out and raise some funds and give back to a great organisation,” she said.
“Now I am in remission it still affects me emotionally. I feel as though I need to give back to Cancer Council for supporting me and helping me through such a difficult time.”
If anyone knows about the “tough fight” of cancer it is Cassandra, who runs the not-for-profit physical culture club at Club Marconi.
After her husband Sam died in 2012, she was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma two years ago.
The mother-of-one underwent chemotherapy and radiation after the cancer spread to her chest and neck after starting under her arm. Six months later she was in remission.
That’s the good news. The bad news is she knows first-hand how cancer can affect families. Her two aunties have had breast cancer and her father has had prostate cancer.
It’s why she has put her hand up to be one of the nine ‘stars’ who will join with dance instructors to learn a routine while fundraising to help the Cancer Council prevent, treat, and manage cancer and provide services like the Cancer Information and Support Line (13 11 20) and Enriching Survivorship program.
”I’m really looking forward to the night. I’m a bit out of my comfort zone with the rock'n'roll genre but I am looking forward to challenging myself with a new dance style, meeting all the amazing participants and people involved and also putting on a good show,” she said.
”My dance instructors name is actually Marconi and we have been rehearsing once a week to prepare. It has been tough; my knees are sore and even though I have competed in physical culture for the past 10 years it is a new experience.”
To support Cassandra, visit starsofsydneysw2018.everydayhero.com/au/cassandra-amood.
- Stars of Sydney South West, Friday, August 10, Grand Paradiso, Fairfield, 6.30pm. Tickets for the gala night are $120 per person or $1000 for a table of 10 and include a three-course meal, drinks and entertainment.
- Tickets: 123tix.com.au/events/1207/stars-of-sydney-south-west-dance-for-cancer.