Helen Reiffel is accustomed to having her hands full, caring for her husband Graeme who has been battling prostate cancer for two years.
But living in the Pilbara, 1500km away from the Perth hospitals where Mr Reiffel needs his treatment, has added even more pressure, financially and psychologically.
Like hundreds of other families from regional WA, they rely on the Cancer Council WA's free accommodation at Crawford Lodge in Nedlands.
Mrs Reiffel said it was more than a home away from home, because of the support families received from staff and other patients.
"It adds some pleasure to what is otherwise a bad journey," she said.
"Before we came here for the first time my husband wasn't that keen because he thought it would be a depressing place, but it's nothing like that.
"It's a really comfortable, welcoming place and surprisingly happy and cheerful . . . it helps that you're with other people in the same boat so you understand one another."
Hundreds of volunteers will be selling daffodils and merchandise on Friday for the Cancer Council's annual Daffodil Day, which it hopes this year will raise $720,000 for cancer research, prevention, and support and care for patients and their families.
The daffodil is the symbol of hope for those affected by cancer.This year about 11,000 West Australians will be told they have cancer and more than 3000 will lose their life to the disease.