For those of us who are truly passionate about our work, at some point, there is no real separation between what we do and who we are. Our values, goals, passion and commitment are in alignment with the life’s work we choose.
Alison discovered her niche at a young age and is already making significant contributions in bringing attention to her personal and professional mission focused on prevention as a way to save lives currently often lost to cancer.
As I continued my interview with Alison, we explored the interconnection between the film project, the organization and her own personal experience in all of this…
What was one unique insight or perspective you uncovered during the process of the making of the film?
The most important insight that I learned from multiple interviewees is that we need a set of core competencies – or skills – that tell us what effective advocacy is. We need to define what it is we’re talking about before we decide to do anything so I really hope this film starts that dialogue.
C2CC is an organization founded on advocacy and taking action so it directly relates to our founding goals. We’ve been thinking a lot about what to do next with this film and have a couple directions we can take it in. Creating a web series or an online toolkit are two things that we’ve talked about so I’m looking forward to seeing how it all unfolds!
Also, I think this film can have a really positive impact on survivors because I think they themselves are often the best advocates. We hope the film inspires survivors to continue to advocate.
How has helping others impact your life?
I’ve learned so much from the students I’ve worked with over the last few months. It’s been fun, yet challenging (in the best way possible) and really amazing to see them take action in their communities and promote health. I’m happy that through this project we’ve provided them with an opportunity and a platform to share their stories and make their schools healthier places for everyone.
How can people learn more about you and the C2CC?
Is there anything else you would like to share? Major insights or impact creating this has had in your life?
Thanks so much for this opportunity! We think advocacy is so important and that this film can mobilize the cancer community going forward to Melbourne. I’m really excited that the film has sparked this dialogue and am looking forward to discussing it further.
Thanks to Alison and C2CC as they continue the mission to educate and promote prevention as a key strategy to controlling cancer.