Cancer wasn’t really on Lee Strong’s radar until a few years ago when her mother died from a brain tumour.
Two weeks before her mother’s death, Strong’s sister Heather was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 39.
All of a sudden, cancer was playing a big part in their lives, as the sisters grappled with grief and parenting young children and Heather battled illness, endless surgeries and treatments, remissions and relapses.
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“I’ve felt so helpless through the whole thing, even though I’ve supported her where I could,” Strong tells AAP.
“I know, she’s thankful for that, but I just feel that I haven’t really done much. I feel like (Dry July) is really one of the only things that I could do.”
More than 300,000 Australians have taken part in Dry July over the past 15 years …