Beyond the strength to survive, it was Marisa Calo’s attitude of gratitude that really struck a chord with the Masada College Parents and Friends (P&F), who recently held their own Biggest Morning Tea to raise funds for the Australian Cancer Council. In 2013, aged just 27, Marisa Calo was diagnosed with breast cancer. A mastectomy, chemotherapy, radiation and drugs ensued, followed by the discovery that the cancer had actually spread to her lungs, which was then treated with more chemotherapy and surgery.
“One of the messages that really resonated with us was Marisa’s decision to not let cancer take over who she is and to live each day to its fullest,” said one of the P&F ladies. “We learnt how grateful she feels to be able to share wonderful milestones, including seeing her daughter attend her first day of school. Despite the trying experiences she has been through, her positivity and attitude to life was admirable and humbling.”
The morning created a strong bond and real sense of community amongst all those who attended, all while enjoying some yummy snacks and raising over $2000 dollars for the Cancer Council.