Roxanne’s Story


Photo credit: Will Swan, The Examiner Newspaper

When Roxanne Cheung’s mother Pamela was diagnosed with cancer, she knew how much both their lives would change. But she was determined to finish her Bachelor of Medicine.

“I didn’t defer because Mum wanted me to become a doctor or complete as much of my degree as I could before she died.”

Pamela Cheung passed away while Roxanne was in her 3rd year of study, after five years of treatment for ovarian and breast cancer.

In February 2013, Roxanne was awarded Cancer Council Tasmania’s Seize the Day Award Scholarship.

The award is given to people aged 16 to 25 involved in post-secondary education who have been directly or indirectly affected by cancer.

The award will allow Miss Cheung to visit her father in Melbourne, purchase textbooks and medical equipment, and attend student conferences.

“I feel very lucky to receive it.’’

“As soon as you hear the word cancer it begins the grieving process – you grieve for your future and you grieve for the mortality you face.”

“The Cancer Council are a group of people with lots of services available regardless of your reaction to cancer. They’re able to pre-empt any services you might need and serve as a reminder that other people are or have been in your position.’’

The Seize the Day Awards Scholarship are not only giving people money for university or polytechnic study, it’s also acknowledging their hardships and giving them encouragement to fulfill future goals.