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July 1, 2022

Vanessa’s driving a cure to cancer

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Having survived Hodgkin’s lymphoma twice, Vanessa Wyder has seen the effects that cancer has on individuals, their family and friends, and hopes to help prevent more people from going through the same suffering. Her big plan will see her tour nearly 100 towns across the country, Cruisin 4 a Cure, to raise funds for the cause and meeting individuals and businesses along the way that can help her reach her goal.

Vanessa brings her tour to Byron Bay on Monday and will be meeting, greeting and fundraising while in town. Vanessa will be selling 4x4cm message squares on which people can write notes to friends or loved ones who have experienced the effects of cancer. The squares will help Vanessa reach her $1 million goal for the Cancer Council and will go on the outside of her motorhome to tour the rest of Australia.

‘Cruisin 4 a Cure is my way of giving a bit back while experiencing Australia’s many wonders and at the same time showing people that while things may at times seem grim, there is always a light at the end of the tunnel,’ Vanessa said.

Director of community relations and fundraising at Cancer Council Victoria, Deb Stringer, has applauded Vanessa’s efforts, pegging her as an inspiration for young cancer sufferers.

‘It’s important to stay positive and stories like Vanessa’s are truly encouraging,’ she said.

‘One in two Australians suffers from cancer and many of us will know someone who has been affected, so Vanessa’s holistic vision for the campaign speaks to us all.’

To support Vanessa’s PlanBig plan, visit planbig.com.au/cruisin-4-a-cure.

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