FORMER Portland resident Shae Spry will toss the coin in the big AFL match between Collingwood and Carlton on Friday after being named an ‘Unsung Hero’.
Ms Spry was nominated by a colleague as a CGU Unsung Hero and was chosen as one of 50 people to form a guard of honour before the match in which the two rival clubs play for the Peter Mac Cup.
The cup has been running for 20 years and raises awareness and money for the Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation, which helps to fund the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.
Ms Spry was just 24 when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010. She underwent a lumpectomy, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, receiving some of her treatment at Peter Mac. She now works at the hospital as the estate and bequest officer.
“I wouldn’t be alive without them and the centre relies on donations to undertake its important research projects,” she said.
“Peter Mac is the largest cancer research centre in the Southern Hemisphere.”
A person who is named a CGU Unsung Hero is recognised as being self sacrificing to benefit others, and humble, while making a substantive contribution.
Ms Spry was nominated for her fundraising and volunteer efforts, including the Ride to Conquer Cancer, in October, for which she is currently training and fundraising.
Read more in Monday’s edition of the Portland Observer.