Mudgee shines a light on cancer
April 5, 2016 1378 Views

Mudgee shines a light on cancer


After a friend was diagnosed with breast cancer Rylstone woman Stacey Philpott has started a fundraiser called ‘Candles for Casey’.
The money made from every candle sold will be going directly to Casey Astill to help her with medical bills and travel expenses.
At just 33 Casey is fighting the ultimate battle after being diagnosed with breast cancer and, not long after, finding out she has the BRCA gene.
When Stacey found out just how hard a battle that Casey was facing and the cost of her medical expenses she felt that she just had to give it a go and see what money she could raise.

Making Casey’s journey a little brighter; Candles for Casey. Photo: Supplied.

Making Casey’s journey a little brighter; Candles for Casey. Photo: Supplied.

Stacey has now raised over $1000 and has the ultimate goal of getting to $2000 but feels she is a long way off that target.
She believes that living in a small community is fantastic when it comes to fundraisers like these as the whole town gets behind you and is extremely supportive.
“There wouldn’t be many who haven’t purchased candles or donated in some way.”Stacey has known Casey for more than 20 years as they attended school together though they were in different years and were never close friends.
Casey’s personal strength is well known in Mudgee and even though she has a lot of support, Stacey felt driven to create a fundraiser after going through her own trauma when her Mother was diagnosed with breast cancer.
The experience made Stacey realise what people go through and she found Casey’s case even more upsetting.
“I kept thinking to myself, as I am a mother of three that Casey may never get to experience all the happiness and joy of having and raising children.” Stacey said.
Stacey will be selling the candles on her website called ‘We’ve got it made’, in her store and using other avenues such as Facebook.
Stacey wants to raise as much money as she can to help Casey and is encouraging others to do the same.
“The road ahead for Casey is going to be a long one but with your assistance we could help her along the way to ensure that it is as trouble free as it can be.”



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