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Member for Shellharbour, Anna Watson MP, has today announced that cancer survivor, Helen Jessup, has been named Shellharbour’s Local Woman of the Year for 2019.

Helen Jessup is a breast cancer survivor and has also been diagnosed with lymphoedema as a result of her treatment. She has battled breast cancer twice, in 2011 and 2015.

Since her diagnosis and treatment, Helen has dedicated her life to helping and supporting other people with cancer whilst also calling for additional public lymphoedema services in the Illawarra.

In 2016, Ms Jessup coordinated the Illawarra Breast Cancer Resource Project, which resulted in the publication of an Illawarra Breast Cancer Resource Directory. This directory now helps people diagnosed with breast cancer in the Illawarra access information about medical services and support groups, as well as available local financial, accommodation, and transport assistance.

Ms Jessup is actively involved with a number of local, state, and national cancer and lymphoedema support groups and services. Ms Jessup continues to campaign for more public lymphoedema services in NSW as part of Cancer Council’s ‘Saving Life 2019: NSW Election Priorities’ campaign.

Over the past 6 years, Helen has coordinated the Pink Sports Hockey Day Fundraiser in conjunction with Dapto Hockey Club. Proceeds from these fundraisers have gone directly to various cancer-related organisations such as the Illawarra Cancer Carers Inc. to help local people in the Illawarra that have been diagnosed with cancer.

“Helen is an incredible woman, advocate and citizen. Her dedication to support those around her, and improve the lives of people diagnosed with breast cancer, other cancers, or lymphoedema in the Illawarra is truly remarkable.”

“Helen thoroughly deserves this award and this recognition. On behalf of our entire community I say thank you and congratulations, Helen.”


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