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Footy legend supports cancer fundraiser in honour of his late Mum

Take a Break for Cancer with Dipper and Bucky

Hawthorn premiership player Gary “Bucky” Buckenara knows all too well the devastating effect cancer can have on families – his Mum passed away after a short battle with cancer just before turning 60.

This winter, he’s supporting Take a Break for Cancer and helping to raise funds for Cancer Services at Frankston and Rosebud Hospitals.

“When you get the opportunity to help a cause which, is dear to your heart, you do everything you can to support it,” says Rosebud resident Gary.

“Cancer is something which effects a lot of people – it certainly touched our family. My mother passed away with ovarian cancer when she was 59, it was quite young.”

“Our children were just babies then. It would have been nice for her to get to know them and vice versa, but unfortunately they didn’t get a chance for this to happen.”

One in four people on the Mornington Peninsula will be affected by cancer. As demand continues to grow for the oncology service, Peninsula Health is asking the community to Take a Break for Cancer and raise funds to expand local cancer services.

“It’s really important to be able to access the best services close to home so people don’t have to trek into town for treatment,” agrees Gary.

How to support Take a Break for Cancer:

1.Host a fundraiser. It’s fun and easy! Events could be a traditional style morning or afternoon tea, a sausage sizzle or even a trivia night. Encourage attendees to bring along a gold coin donation and have fun while raising funds for your local cancer services.

2. Donate. Make a donation online here to support local cancer services.