THE BIG HUG BOX TURNS 1
As our friends at The Big Hug Box celebrate their 1st anniversary, we hear from their inspiring Ambassador, Tracy Morel.
Last week marked the 1st anniversary of The Big Hug Box, which saw over ninety guests come together to celebrate the milestone at the Merewether Surfhouse in Newcastle.
Founded in 2018 by Cure Cancer ambassador and cancer survivor Lisa Greissl, The Big Hug Box delivers thoughtful gift boxes to cancer patients across Australia, donating profits to Cure Cancer in support of our brightest early-career cancer researchers. The event itself raised an incredible $4,317, bringing The Big Hug Box’s total donation amount to date to over $10,000!
The highlight of the night came from The Big Hug Box ambassador, Tracy Morel, as she took to the stage to share the moving story of how her journey with The Big Hug Box began.
In 2016 at the age of 32, Tracy’s life changed when she was diagnosed with Stage 4 Mesenchymal Chondrosarcoma, an aggressive cancer which makes up 3% of all cancers. Sadly, her chemotherapy was ineffective, and her right leg had to be amputated. Due to the cancer spreading, she also underwent two lung surgeries, immunotherapy, steroids and radiation to five different parts of her body.
When all seemed lost, she received a gift that would end up playing a pivotal role in her cancer journey - a Random Hug of Kindness box sent from an acquaintance at the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse. Inside, she found an assortment of uplifting items such as a satin pillow case and organic wellness products, which immediately boosted Tracy’s mood.
“It was such a beautiful and thoughtful surprise and brought me some joy through the emotional week I was having,” says Tracy. “The idea of the Big Hug Box is so inspiring. You don't think about the small gestures that may bring you some joy and I felt the box was so thoughtful and personal. It was like how did someone know I needed something like this?’ It was a small gesture, but it definitely made me smile regardless of what was happening to me.”
RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS DAY
February 17th marks Random Acts of Kindness Day and you too can take part by sending your own Random Hug of Kindness box to someone in need of some love.
As Tracy says, “I really do hope that others who receive one of these boxes - whether it be anonymously or through a person they know - feels a sense of love and support. I hope it brings a smile to their face as it did mine and that it distracts from their feelings of fear or anxiety, even if for a moment. It’s a moment that will definitely last a lifetime.”