On Saturday 8th December we farewelled a beautiful woman, friend and committee member, Rigoula (Rigs) Roussakis.
After a 16 year battle with Brain Cancer which she fought with dignity and grace, the tumour reoccurred again 12 months ago, following a routine MRI which showed that the cancer had become aggressive and she lost the fight to this disease. Her commitment and dedication to her daughter, Christiana and her family was second to none.
Rigs was very involved in the Brain Tumour community and was on in many forums and committees including the Brain Tumour Alliance Australia (BTAA), the BTAA Cancer Australia Project, the Consumers Health Forum (CHF), the NPS Medicine Wise Advisory Group, annual COGNO Scientific Meetings, and, the Cancer Council Victoria (CCV) - advocacy for Low Survival Cancers Alliance.
Throughout her Brain Tumour journey Rigs never let the journey define her - she had a positive outlook and was always willing to help and assist others.
Rigs will be sadly missed by all who have had the pleasure of knowing her.
Rigs always showed grace through adversity.
We all have an empty void in our hearts. Rigs you are greatly admired.
We have reproduced here, Rigoula's Story from the May 2014 edition of the BTAA Brain Cancer Action Week Magazine.