Cancer group rallies around local lady

Kathy Morton, centre front, is supported by friends Joan Smith, Jan Haywood, Trish Faulkner, Lesley Hancox, Jenny Kleinig, Sue Cook, Marg Yelland and Angela Davis.
Kathy Morton, centre front, is supported by friends Joan Smith, Jan Haywood, Trish Faulkner, Lesley Hancox, Jenny Kleinig, Sue Cook, Marg Yelland and Angela Davis.

Friends have rallied around an Encounter Bay woman who is struggling with lymphedema by fundraising to buy a machine which will make life more comfortable for her.

Kathy Morton has been overwhelmed by the support of the people in the Fleurieu Cancer Support Foundation’s craft group, who aim to raise about $2000 which will cover the purchase of the equipment, which works like a milking machine to massage the limbs affected by the condition.

Lymphedema is a result of treatment Ms Morton received for cancer, and after realising how little-known the condition was, the friends created the Lymphedema Awareness Branch of Victor Harbor.

The group now wants to get Ms Morton the machine so she can use her own daily instead of her therapist’s machine every few weeks.

“It’s been taking a long time to organise but my friends have been helping and now it’s been ordered and it will arrive next week,” she said.

“I really appreciate it, I’ve been truly blessed with some special friends who have helped me fundraise for this machine.”

The first fundraiser is a garage sale on Kingsford Street in Victor Harbor (behind Member for Finniss David Basham’s office) on February 23 at 8am.

The second event will be a morning tea fundraiser at 10am on March 29 at Carrickalinga House, with a $10 entry fee as a donation.