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Alison Jones was a mother of five children and a full-time teacher when she was diagnosed with cancer.

Rikki Stern was 20, interning and working part-time in a chocolate shop, when she was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

Both women chose to candidly share their experiences – Alison in a memoir, Rikki on Instagram – about living with cancer and the strength of community.

Join Alison and Rikki as they talk about their journeys, why they chose to tell their stories, and how the community came together to support them. They will be in conversation with Alice Moldovan.

$10 of each ticket will go to Pink Hope and the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.


Alison Jones is the author of the Jones Family Food Roster, a memoir about how a busy, mother of five school-aged children was diagnosed with a rare and incurable cancer, and how she agonised about her future and the effect her treatment regime would have on her family. Her community rallied around her, bringing home-cooked meals prepared with love, which enabled her to come together with her family every evening for dinner. Her book, interspersed with some of these recipes, is heart-warming and honest. Alison was recently interviewed in Melbourne by ABC broadcaster and writer, Sian Prior.




Rikki Stern was 20 years old, interning in media and working at a chocolate shop, when she was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. She has shared many aspects of her experience living with cancer candidly on social media and connected with other women going through the same experience. She is also the founder of Cancer Chicks Australia, helping young women between the ages of 20 and 30 who are living from cancer, and was named Westfield Local Hero in 2019. She was recently interviewed on Channel 7’s The Daily Edition.




Alice Moldovan is a digital, podcast and radio producer based in Sydney. She has a long history of volunteering within the Jewish community with Limmud Oz and Netzer. Alice works to build awareness through documentary and storytelling on themes of mental health, history and religion.






Where: Double Bay Library, 451 New South Head Rd, Double Bay

When: 2-3:30pm Sunday 16 Feb

BOOK NOW! Tickets also available at the door.

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