CanTeen reaches out to kids in country Queensland
AUSTRALIA'S organisation for young people living with cancer has embarked on their annual rural trip, reaching out and connecting with members in country Queensland.
CanTeen this week visited their Fraser Coast members, hosting a laser skirmish competition and barbecue at Burrum River.
CanTeen believes no young person should face cancer alone and provides a range of free programs, services and resources to help young people aged 12-24 deal with cancer.
Anyone affected by cancer can join, whether they are a patient or have had an immediate family member diagnosed.
Hervey Bay member Cassandra Lollback said the opportunities CanTeen provide are invaluable.
"Meeting new and different people in similar situations.
"It's a really great way to connect and make new friends," she said.
The 20-year-old said the organisation gives members lots of freedom and options provide a safe space to share and reflect on their experiences.
"All the activities, all the hard work that goes into the events, it's amazing what CanTeen does," she said.
Programs officer Tanya Wagner organises activities for Queensland members and takes up to 70 young people at a time on a mixture of respite and relaxation programs.
She said connecting with regional members outside of the city was extremely important.
"Often they're disadvantaged because of their location and CanTeen likes to support all young people," she said.
"Research shows the best support for a young person going through cancer is another young person going through cancer."
Ms Wagner said the five-day rural trip travels from Brisbane to Rockhampton, raising awareness about CanTeen and the services they offer to young people.