Jolita Benjamin has been involved in staging for some of the biggest acts touring Australia including the Bee Gees, U2, Jimmy Barnes, Pink Floyd, Fleetwood Mac, the Commodores, Shirley Bassey and Dionne Warwick.
Her diagnosis for brain cancer, however, seemed an insurmountable challenge.
Jolita was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2015 and was treated with chemotherapy and radiation therapy. However, one small cell escaped from her lung tumour and made its way to her brain. She says: “Having cancer is a shock. I was shattered and I didn’t know how to tell my family, it made me crumple for two days.”
But then she realised she needed to look for positives and she feels that Lifehouse and the team looking after her most definitely fall into that category.
Jolita has been fortunate enough to be placed on a trial of immunotherapy drug Opdivo which has worked to reduce her tumours. She says: “Not everybody has been lucky enough to respond as well as I have.”
So in response, she became a regular giver to Chris O’Brien Lifehouse.
As a pensioner, Jolita says: “I’m giving just a small amount but I plan to up it a little bit and hit up all my friends for donations as well. If I felt better, I’d go and raise some money but I still experience a lot of fatigue.”
Her working life was full of energy. She worked as a display artist painting commercial display items like mannequins, Christmas trees, wreaths and Easter decorations. She then went on to form a business supplying crews and staging for huge music events.
After retiring, she now paints for enjoyment. She is also looking forward to the birth of her new granddaughter, her daughter’s wedding and seeing her other granddaughter off to high school.
If you’d like to make a regular gift to Lifehouse, why not call Amelia Davis on 02 8514 0113 or email firstname.lastname@example.org