While Samuel’s insane unicycling adventure is done, Love Your Sister is not. Not while there’s still no cure. Not after Samuel promised the 380,000-strong LYS Village that he would up the fundraising goal to TEN million dollars. Currently, their total stands just over $4M. There is now a new Breast Cancer Lab at Garvan, headed by the Connie Johnson Fellow, Professor Elgene Lim. This costs about 20K per month to operate. Any further monies are directed into general cancer research, including rare cancers. Cancer is cancer and whilst Love Your Sister started as a breast cancer advocacy group, we are now a village that fights all cancers.
After his unicycling odyssey, Samuel ‘ditched the pink’. As Samuel told the village..."We no longer use pink.The ubiquitous use of pink, from our water bottles to our Tim Tams, is pacifying us into believing that enough is being done to fix the problem. It misleads us. Besides, pink is a soft colour. Nothing about breast cancer is soft. The only colour for me that truly represents the cancer that fells our mums is black. The breast cancer conversation is thankfully dominated by survivors, but what of the 3000 per year that still die? What of my sister? Who is representing them? From now on we use black, silver and white. Black for those who perish. White for the hope we refuse to abandon. Silver for the lining we must have."
Love Your Sister’s official position is now simply thus: Cancer doesn’t deserve a colour.
Since jumping on the cancer train, Samuel has learnt a little and his views have shifted. He’s realised that science and research just aren’t treated seriously enough. He’s appalled that federal funding for research has been static for ten years. He’s saddened that as a nation we spend less on science than most of our overseas counterparts. Yet still, Australia delivers the best clinical results for breast cancer in the entire world. As the best with less, Samuel wonders what we could do with more?
After his turn as Molly Meldrum for Network Seven, Samuel promptly retired to focus entirely on Love Your Sister’s goal of raising ten million dollars for cancer research. In Samuel’s words, ‘Cancer is the last true riddle of our time (not of our doing) and I wanna be a part of the push to solve it once and for all. I won’t play pretend on telly while science is being muzzled’.