About Us

norina-cathy1The Scaffidi Foundation was established in 2003 in honour of two remarkable women. Norina and Cathy Scaffidi, mother and daughter, lost their battles with breast cancer in 1998 and 2002. The two women shared an amazing gift – the ability to touch people’s hearts. Both women inspired other cancer sufferers with their selflessness, determination and dedication to helping people battling illness, particularly Cathy through her work as a naturopath and Norina in her special role as everyone’s favourite ‘second mum’.

Norina and Cathy received remarkable love and support during their fight with cancer. Members of their immediate and extended family provided much needed ‘hands-on’ support, from cooking meals to helping pay their bills. Many families don’t have this kind of support.  While caring for a child with cancer, parents must often continue to work, care for other family members and maintain their homes – all while dealing with their own fears and emotions about an ill child. In recognition of this and to ensure that Norina and Cathy were never forgotten, a small group of friends and relatives gathered together with the common idea of helping other families in the same way that their family had been supported.

Six years later, the Scaffidi Foundation Committee is continuing the great work of these two women. Every dollar raised helps us to provide much needed support to families living with cancer. Every family deserves the love and support that Norina and Cathy gave and received.

The Scaffidi Foundation aims to support families with a child battling cancer. Three core values guide our activities:

  • Kindness ‐ in how we support families
  • Dignity‐ the way in which we treat every family that crosses our path
  • A positive outlook ‐ the best starting point for dealing with cancer

After the verb “to love”, “to help” is the most beautiful verb in the world. (Bertha Von Suttner)

Foundation Profile: Jess

JessJess, age 9, was first diagnosed with cancer when she was 3.5 years old. She has had a kidney tumour, four brain tumours and has undergone regular radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Shortly after meeting Jess, Angela from the Scaffidi Foundation made a deal with her; if she was brave enough to go through with her treatment, Angela would dye her hair hot pink, Jess’ favourite colour. Read more ...