LIFE-SAVING FLIGHT: Candy Lawrence (right) of Bungawalbin with best friend Julia Wood in the helicopter organised by Woodburn SES so she could receive chemotherapy.
LIFE-SAVING FLIGHT: Candy Lawrence (right) of Bungawalbin with best friend Julia Wood in the helicopter organised by Woodburn SES so she could receive chemotherapy.

Flood-bound cancer victim rescued

BREAST cancer patient Candy Lawrence, of Bungawalbin, was bailed out of a potentially life-threatening situation last Wednesday, thanks to the Woodburn SES, when she found herself stranded by floodwaters.

Her next chemotherapy session, carefully timed to target the most vulnerable stage in the reproduction cycle of the cancer cells, was due on Thursday and she couldn't get there.

"We are generally the first road to go under when the floods come, and always the last to emerge," Candy said. "When my chemotherapy session came due, the road was still well under water." A Facebook friend advised Candy to call the SES, and she was amazed by the response.

"I was expecting to have to jump through a hundred hoops to get help, but they were absolutely sympathetic when they heard of my situation and they scheduled a helicopter for me straight away at the most convenient time for me," she said.

"When we arrived in Lismore, the pilots didn't just toss me out, either.

"They made sure my friend Julia was there to meet me." After a successful chemotherapy session, the SES organised the helicopter again to pick Candy and her friend Julia up and return them home to Bungawalbin.

"Those pilots were so helpful and cheerful," Candy said. "The flights have been so enjoyable that they've made me forget I'm sick, and that's quite an achievement. I can't thank the SES enough for relieving my terrible anxiety about missing a vital part of my treatment."



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