Springfield Lakes Mum Raises Over $4500 in Fundraising Concert for Cancer Research

A Springfield Lakes mother has hosted a fundraising concert after her husband was diagnosed with cancer, raising over $4,500.

Rina Sandford, 60, organised her second fundraiser for Cancer Council after her husband Michael Sandford was diagnosed with cancer three years ago.

Michael had been going for regular blood tests every year on his birthday. His doctor noticed that his PSA number, an indicator of prostate cancer, was slightly elevated. After a series of referrals and tests, Michael’s cancer diagnosis was confirmed.

Rina’s “Kick Cancer to the Curb” concert occurred in Springfield Lakes on 1 June 2024. The event featured live band music, a photo booth, and a raffle. 

Local band Brit Beat Mania performed for free. Founder and guitarist Gary Allen, a cancer survivor himself, said the band is committed to supporting such good causes. Gary expressed the band’s dedication to helping in any way possible, highlighting the challenges cancer poses and the importance of contributing to funding for cancer research.

Local businesses donated raffle prizes, which Rina purchased using her Flybuys points. She and her husband, both retired, aimed to support the community without incurring significant personal costs. The raffle was designed to engage the community and make the event more appealing, as everyone enjoys being appreciated.

Michael was fortunate to recover quickly after surgery, thanks to the early detection by his GP. Within two months of the diagnosis, he underwent a robotic surgery that successfully removed the cancer.

The concert showcased the community’s support and highlighted the importance of early detection and research in fighting cancer.

Published 21-June-2024