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Raising funds in memory of loving mother Renee

Mount Gambier resident Erin Launer is hosting a Longest Table in honour of her loving mother Renee, who heartbreakingly lost her life after a five-year battle with metastatic breast cancer, just two days after Christmas in 2020.

“Mum was an inspiration to me, and despite what she was going through, she wanted to do her part to help cancer research so that others like herself, and our family, would not have to go through what we experienced,” Erin said.

“Mum took part in clinical trials, knowing that doing so would help the research needed to find better treatments for cancer. Hosting a Longest Table seemed like a great way to celebrate mum’s life, remember her, raise money, dance and have fun, which is something she loved to do.”

Erin is hosting her event on Saturday 17 July, the day before what would have been her mum’s 53rd birthday. Herself and her mum’s two best friends, Callena and Marita, are planning a semi-formal two-course dinner and dancing with local business The Limestone Coast Pantry.

“We’ll have 150 guests and we’ve organised live music from local artists and two lovely local business personalities and well-known community members are our MCs,” Erin said.

“We’ve had amazing support from local businesses within our community who’ve helped with our silent auction prizes and other items.”

Renee’s battle with breast cancer is something Erin says no one should ever have to endure, which is why this event and raising as many funds as possible is so important to her and her family.

“A future free from cancer would mean that no person would have to endure what my mum did, as well as myself and my family in caring for her and allowing her to die at home (which was her wish),” Erin said.

“Mum was only 52 when she died; she was someone who loved life, was intelligent, independent, loved to travel, spend time with her family and friends and walk her dog. She was an inspiration to so many around her, especially women, and she was a presence in her community and in the lives of so many people.

“It devastated her when her independence was taken away, and there was nothing we could do about it; once the cancer spread to her brain, the treatment was so limited and it was all out of her control. The deterioration she suffered when her original breast cancer spread is something that I wish no person, or their family should endure.

“A future free from cancer means people not losing loved one too young, parents not having to say goodbye to their loved ones and children, and their children not losing their parents way too early in their lives.”

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