Australian Cancer Research Foundation (ACRF) supporter, Chantelle Smoor, has once more dazzled family and friends by hosting the second annual Cocktails for Cancer.
More than 150 guests gathered in Newman, Western Australia for the popular event in support of cancer research and to honour Chantelle’s brother, John Simpson, sadly lost to cancer in 2009.
The evening was a night to reflect on all the lives lost to cancer and to encourage the community to unite and donate to a worthy cause.
Guests dressed in their most cheerful summer outfits for the pool-party themed event, and together they enjoyed an evening filled with joy, hope, and opportunity to contribute to the fight against cancer.
Throughout the night guests were treated to live bands and non-stop entertainment, but a poignant speech given by the host was the highlight of the night:
“Last year I lost my oldest brother John to a rare Cancer called Rabdomiosarcoma. All it took was four months for the cancer to take its toll on John. He will never be able to play the drums again, drink with friends, or see his beautiful daughter Alyssia grow up or be able to walk her down the aisle on her wedding day; but we do know he will be there in part, let it be in spirit or in our hearts.”
John was only 27 and according to his sister “fought hard to fight the cancer.”
Total donations from the event exceeded $8,000, with guests generously donating to attend the Cocktails for Cancer extravaganza and purchasing special items available on the night, such as hand-made bracelets.
The team at ACRF greatly appreciates Chantelle’s support, and we wish to extend our warmest thanks to all her family and friends who organised and attended the successful event.
Read more about Cocktails for Cancer 2009.