When photographer Laura Schram was diagnosed with cancer while pregnant it turned her life upside-down. Laura bravely told her story as a guest speaker at this year’s Catwalk for Cancer event, a Geelong initiative to showcase local designers and raise funds for Barwon Health’s Andrew Love Cancer Centre. Get to know Laura and find out more about the event below…
DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN ONE SENTENCE…
“I would say I am a very fun and happy person who is always there for a friend in need”
ANY KEY MENTORS OR PEOPLE WHO HAVE DEEPLY INFLUENCED WHO YOU ARE…
“My mum, nana, sister, cousins, aunties and girlfriends without these strong women in my life I would not be as strong or self confident as I am today.”
HAVE YOU HAD ANY LIFE CHANGING EXPERIENCES, IF SO WHAT WERE THEY…
“Having 3 babies my life has changed immensely and I absolutely love where it has taken my life, but the biggest life changing experience was being diagnosed with cancer. Nothing in this world can prepare a person for that news and made even more difficult to comprehend by being diagnosed whilst pregnant. It really makes you stop and take in all the little things that normally just pass you by every day.”
WHAT MOTIVATES YOU?
“My Family, my kids and fiancé Cam. Every decision I make is for them. I will live my life just to make sure they have the happiest of memories.”
HOW DID THE IDEA FOR CATWALK FOR CANCER COME ABOUT?
“Past Barwon Health Foundation employee Jane along with her sister Anna Campbell decided to put together Catwalk for Cancer to showcase local designers in the Geelong Region while raising funds for Barwon Health’s Andrew Love Cancer Centre.”
WHY IS THE CANCER CAUSE SO CLOSE TO YOUR HEART?
“In the Geelong region, 2394 people are diagnosed with cancer every year. 220 people are treated in Barwon Health’s Andrew Love Cancer Centre each week. These are huge statistics for the Geelong community and outer regions. The Andrew Love Cancer Centre supplies over 16,500 products every year for cancer treatments in a room no bigger than most people’s bedrooms.
Cancer not only affects the diagnosed person but friends and family as well. At one point in our lives, we are all touched by cancer and not in a good way. The Foundation want to help in the care for patients treated with cancer by rebuilding the center and oncology pharmacy.”
HOW LONG HAS THE EVENT BEEN RUNNING FOR?
“The event started in 2009 – this was the 9th C4C event. Westfield Geelong has been a part of this event since the very beginning.”
WHAT HAS THE RESPONSE FROM THE LOCAL COMMUNITY BEEN LIKE?
“The local community has grabbed this event with both hands. It is earmarked in attendee’s calendars year on year. We love that our region has a high fashion event with local brands and boutiques raising funds for such an important cause.”
WHERE DO THE FUNDS RAISED GO?
“Funds raised in the past have brought important pieces of equipment for Cancer Services in Geelong. This year, funds raised will go toward the redevelopment of Barwon Health’s Andrew Love Cancer Centre and Chemotherapy Day ward. This $3million full community funded project will begin in February 2018.”
Contact the Barwon Health Foundation on +613 42158900 to find out how you can volunteer at their events, hold your own fundraiser or donate directly to the cause.