I'm fundraising for... my dad!
I am a wife and mother of 3 (13,10 & 6) and have lived and worked in Dubbo all my life.
I am the Community & Youth Engagement Coordinator at headspace Dubbo and pride myself in my work and the ongoing education around youth mental health.
I have two younger sisters and am a proud Aunty to two and a half little cherubs. My father, Paul Mines was a well-known Real Estate Agent in Dubbo for 30 years whilst battling renal failure and dialysing at home every second day for 27 years before a
successful kidney transplant in 2005. My mother, Kerri-Anne Mines was an influential lived experience speaker in Mental Health during my adolescence, speaking very openly about her personal struggles with mental health - this was part of my motivation to work in the industry myself and to continue her legacy of mental health awareness, education and early intervention. Cancer had not really affected our lives until Dad
was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer in 2015 - which we successfully removed and treated, enabling his transplanted kidney to continue soldiering on. Dad was an active
member of Dubbo West Rotary Club and was instrumental in the implementation of the Dubbo Cancer Centre through his relationship with Dr Colin McClintock and his connections with both Rotary and the broader community. In late 2019 a single lump on the side of his head started to cause some concern. A biopsy confirmed cancer, by February he was in RPA having a large portion of his scalp removed and a graft implanted - they assured us they had got it all - 2 weeks later, upon shaving his head to
manage his graft wound, several new lumps were discovered. Two weeks later we were given a prognosis of 1-3 months - within 4 days he was no longer audible or cognitive - a day later he took his last breath in his bed at home with his family by his side on
Wednesday 2nd April.