Ceduna family grateful for support of youth cancer charity CanTeen

SUPPORT: Tara Rogers has been grateful for the help of CanTeen following her mother Amanda Rogers' breast cancer diagnosis in 2013.

SUPPORT: Tara Rogers has been grateful for the help of CanTeen following her mother Amanda Rogers' breast cancer diagnosis in 2013.

DAILY life for the Rogers family is anything but normal.

Amanda Rogers, 41, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013 and continues to undergo surgery.

The family lives in Ceduna but daughter Tara goes to boarding school in Port Lincoln.

Tara is one of about 1800 children aged between 12 and 25 in South Australia each year whose parent is diagnosed with cancer.

The 17-year-old only sees her parents during school holidays and some weekends, but with support from youth cancer charity CanTeen, she has found a network to help deal with the situation.

"I found others my age not understanding so CanTeen has been a massive help."

Mrs Rogers said the support her daughter received made a big difference.

"It can be hard to find support but CanTeen makes it easier.

“It is designed for the kids and Tara has enjoyed having that support.

"It's not always about the person with cancer but also those that are close are affected too."

CanTeen’s support services include camps, activities and online support.

"I often have phone calls and have spoken to people online a few times, it’s very comforting,” Tara said.

Next Friday, October 28 is CanTeen’s major fundraiser, National Bandanna Day.

CanTeen SA/NT division manager Brad Manuel said the CanTeen bandanna had become a powerful symbol of hope, connection and resilience and a show of solidarity from the community.

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