Cancer wellness expo well received in Leeton

HELPING OUT EACH OTHER: Amanda Bordingnon from Griffith, Lyn Childe and Fran Artese enjoy the event. Photo: Contributed
HELPING OUT EACH OTHER: Amanda Bordingnon from Griffith, Lyn Childe and Fran Artese enjoy the event. Photo: Contributed

CANCER can be a traumatic experience, but it was made slightly easier in Leeton. 

A health and wellness expo for cancer patients and their carers was held on Sunday to much success after plenty of hard-work by organisers in getting the event up and running. 

Cancer patients sourced mini treatments, tried on wigs and learned eyebrow shaping and skin care.

Organiser Fran Artese was blown away by the day and how much it meant to attendees.

“There were some very special moments during the expo, which make it worthwhile for all of us,” she said. 

“It was a unique event for Leeton, with a focus on personal care, which is all about feeling good, eating well, and nurturing the lives of cancer patients and their carers.”

CanAssist Leeton volunteers welcomed visitors to the event, with nine stall holders showcasing their services and products for cancer patients, including yoga, physiotherapy, lymphoedema massage and kinesiology, essential oils, skin care, skin balms, personal care, nutrition, and art expression.

A special breast art exhibition from graduating student Alice Halden was displayed in conjunction with a visit from Anna Murphy, breast tattoo recipient and supporter of Survivors Ink Tattooing Services.

“I’m an advocate for women to have the final say on cancer,” Ms Murphy said. 

Scones, jam and cream and other delicious morning teas were served up by the Leeton Breast Cancer Support Group, with the acoustic guitar music and original song pieces of Natasha Carrozza being performed on stage creating a peaceful, enjoyable atmosphere.

Special showbags with samples and creams, jojoba oils, hydrolyte drink mixes, Cancer Council goodies and hundreds of dollars worth of fitness, yoga, kinesiology and massage vouchers and free service information are still available for sale for $5 from Ms Artese at the Leeton Physiotherapy Centre or from the Golden Chicken in Pine Avenue.

Proceeds from the day will be shared between CanAssist Leeton and Survivors Ink Tattooing Services.