Round 15 of the SEABL fixture this season will be re-branded as the Still I Rise round, in recognition of the foundation that provides support for Australians affected by cancer.
Founded by ex-SEABL player Dan George, who was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2012, Still I Rise offers emotional support and gives those affected by cancer an outlet to talk about their thoughts, fears and experiences.
“We had these wonderful doctors and nurses and access to all the medical stuff we needed but in talking to other cancer patients and survivors too, there is a gap in the non-medical treatment, including all the mental stuff you go through,” George said.
“So we thought it would be a wonderful thing to be able to deliver some services that directly help people, their spouses, their kids and their friends that are going through a cancer treatment. The nursing association benefits too because patients often dump on the nurses when there is nobody else to talk to.”
Director and volunteer for Still I Rise, Beth Davis, is looking for a repeat of last year when several clubs around the league participated in the round.
“To see clubs like Geelong and Dandenong donning the yellow singlets and auctioning them off and raising money for the foundation was fantastic to see,” she said.
For more on the Still I Rise foundation, see the BA TV video below: