Why?

We believe in reducing suffering through preventing illness and promoting life, allowing people the freedom to flourish. Inspired and fuelled by the promise of Victoria van der Westhuizen, backed by quality research.

 

Cancer should not stop you living your best life.

About Victoria

Mission

Our mission, starting with young women, is to make certain that every individual going through cancer, is provided with personalised support and treatment services that best increase the chance of survival and quality of life.

 

To be a progressive force for cancer prevention; researching and communicating information that will drastically reduce the number of cancer occurrences and recurrences.

Vision

A time when leading personalised cancer care is available to all.  Where preventable cancers are prevented, survivable cancers survived, and individuals empowered and supported to attain the best quality of life.

Our Story

In the January of 2013, Victoria’s father passed away after a rigorous three year ordeal with cancer. This was not Victoria’s first experience of  cancer, having seen her mother face extreme hardship with cancer during Victoria’s youth and losing her grandmother to the illness shortly before. Victoria was in the early throws of grieving the loss of her father when, as a healthy, vibrant and energetic 29 year old, she was struck with her own cancer diagnosis. By the November of 2013, Victoria was fully hospitalised with a very aggressive cancer. CJ, her husband of not yet a year, Fiona, her mother, and Alex, Victoria’s brother, moved into the hospital room with her to form a united front in supporting her back to health, making do with one armchair and a single pop up bed. Despite showing extraordinary courage and determination, Victoria’s health rapidly declined. In an act of defiance, Victoria stated that she was going to overcome the disease and promised to go on to use her experiences to inspire and support others going through a similar ordeal. Tragically, in January 2014, Victoria was taken from her friends and family, short of a year after her father had passed. Her passing was felt by all that loved her and the loss impacted so greatly, so deeply, that her family knew they had to direct all of the love coming in for Victoria toward something positive, towards fulfilling her legacy. It was then they decided to keep her promise.

 

Having seen first hand just how many additional and critical struggles Victoria and other young women go through, the family knew that this was the first place they had to address. Thus, Victoria’s Promise was born. A charity dedicated to supporting young women through cancer, whilst striving to prevent people from getting cancer in the first place.

“Everyone at Victoria’s Promise genuinely cares about me and my family and it shows in everything they do. The support has been tremendous. It has changed my life and I feel blessed. Because of their help and generosity I am able to give more quality time to my family and to make memories.

Two years after diagnosis I am living with cancer. Victoria’s Promise has given me the determination and courage to fully embrace my life, no matter the outcome.”

Anita

The VP Team

Trustees

 

alex

Alexander

Trustee and Co-Founder

cj

CJ

Trustee and Co-Founder

stuart

Stuart

Trustee

Core Team

 

fiona

Fiona

CEO and Co-Founder

Louisa

Louisa

VP affinity co-ordinator and host

Angela

Angela

Care Guardian

Kate Bealing

Kate Bealing

PR & Communications

Medical & Clinical Advisory

Dr Helen O’Neill

Dr Helen O’Neill

Director of Scientific Research

Dr. Brendon Moran

Dr Brendon Moran

Surgical Oncologist

Support Service Providers

 

Lisa

Lisa

Therapist

Lynn

Lynn

Wigs

ann

Ann

Therapist

emily

Emily

Cancer Coach

Vicky Martin

Vicky

Areola Tattoo

Volunteer Team Members

gareth

Gareth

Branding and Web Design

marius

Marius

Tech Development

lauren

Lauren

Secretary and Legal

Patrons

Edla, Duchess of Marlborough

The Duchess of Marlborough

Ambassadors

Dino Rakitzis

Dino Rakitzis

James Bunchan

James Buchan

Lizzy Cundy

Lizzy Cundy

“The support from Victoria’s Promise has changed everything in my life. I couldn’t imagine what my life would be like now had I not found Victoria’s Promise. The needs that Victoria’s Promise meet, are absolutely huge.”

Angela Miles

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