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As Australia’s leading cancer charity, every day we're working to support families, prevent cancer and save lives.

From funding life-saving cancer research to delivering prevention programs, advocating for change and supporting Australian families affected by cancer, we’re striving towards our vision of cancer free future.

By going dry this July and fundraising for Cancer Council, you’ll help us continue to provide our vital 13 11 20 Information and Support service for all Australians affected by cancer.

13 11 20 is a confidential cancer information and support phone line run by experienced health professionals. It’s available to those affected by or concerned about cancer and works to connect Australians with relevant cancer support, information and resources.

Last year, our 13 11 20 cancer support teams received over 39,000 calls across Australia.

With the impacts of COVID-19 felt across Australia in 2020, the challenges of a cancer diagnosis were dramatically increased. Many patients reached out to 13 11 20 cancer nurses for support, reinforcing the continuing need and importance of our 13 11 20 service.

Please help us to continue providing this much-needed service for the Australian community by fundraising for us this Dry July. If we can raise $1 million we’ll be able to fund our 13 11 20 service across the country for a year!

Together, we can ensure no Australian has to face cancer alone.

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Your Dry July fundraising has enabled Cancer Council to continue their 13 11 20 Cancer Information and Support service line

Your Dry July fundraising this year has helped Cancer Council Australia continue running their 13 11 20 Information and Support Line across every Australian state and territory – an incredible feat that would have been impossible without you.

13 11 20 is there for all Australians, with dedicated teams of health professionals with cancer care experience answering calls from hundreds of Australians every single day. The money you have raised will stay in your state or territory – ensuring that there is local support available for those who need it most.

On behalf of Cancer Council – and all the people that will access 13 11 20 in the year ahead – thank you for helping us be there to take the call and ensure that no one has to face cancer alone.

Fundraising for Cancer Council will help support people like Marnie

Marnie could never have predicted what 2020 had in store for her. At the beginning of the year, she was studying to become a nurse, taking classes with her dance company, and hanging out with friends.

“When I was diagnosed, it was a time in my life when I was just starting to find my feet and discover where I belonged in the world. Then it all came crashing down,” said Marnie.

In March, not only did she have to endure the shock of a Hodgkin’s Lymphoma diagnosis, she had to complete treatment through all the uncertainty and disruption of COVID-19.

“No one could come in [to the hospital] with me – I think mum came to my first treatment and from there I was on my own,” said Marnie.

“It’s pretty scary because you’re going into hospital not knowing what’s really going on and all by yourself, but I guess that’s how it had to be.”

When Marnie was first diagnosed, it was completely unexpected. It was purely by chance that her cancer – already at stage 3 – was discovered.

Read Marnie's full story here: 

Dry July funds support Cancer Council Australia's 13 11 20 Information and Support Line

Your Dry July fundraising helps us support Cancer Council Australia's 13 11 20 Information and Support Line.

The national service provides cancer-specific information, as well as emotional and practical support to more than 37,000 callers across Australia each year.

The 13 11 20 line operates from Monday-Friday, 9-5pm. ☎️

To find out more visit:…/cancer-council-13-11-20

Life after a cancer diagnosis: What do you do when it all falls apart?

After going through the overwhelming disruption and stress of a cancer diagnosis, many cancer patients understandably look forward to life getting back to “normal”.

But what happens what it doesn’t?

For some survivors, it can be difficult to manage every day when it feels like nobody understands what they’ve been through.

This is exactly the scenario that was the focus of Cancer Council NSW’s virtual webinar, Life changes after cancer – When it all falls apart. The webinar was the first in a series of three, which were generously funded by the Dry July Foundation.

Held on Thursday 28 May 2020, the webinar featured consumer panelists Kate Lyons and Alan King, a married couple whose lives were changed in December 2018 when Alan was diagnosed with cancer. Alan recounted his experiencing being diagnosed with cancer and discussed some of challenges of cancer treatment, including adjusting to going back to work and the cognitive impact of post-chemotherapy.

For Kate, Alan’s diagnosis “rocked” her and she found herself suddenly in a carer’s role, in addition to working full-time and being mum of three kids who, according to Kate, “just wanted to keep things as normal as possible”.

When reflecting on the difficulties of the past year, Kate struggled to remember how she got through each day, but she now reminds herself to “take each day as it comes, and just keep going”.

Alan and Kate’s story resonated with many viewers, with one viewer saying the webinar helped them to feel less alone with their thoughts and feelings. “It normalises much of the experience and resonates at a deep level,” the viewer said.

Another viewer also said that they could “not understand why I was so irritable at times to my husband” post-diagnosis, but “just listening to the webinar tonight has really resonated with me.”

The webinar featured counsellor Maxine Rosenfield. Maxine said that physical sensations of shock, emotional outburst and a racing mind, will often accompany changes to friendships, intimacy and work relationships.

When asked what advice she had for people who received a cancer diagnosis, Maxine said it was important to build a strong support network.

 “Call on your support system as soon as you can – gather your crew to help you navigate the next steps…and seek formal support such as counselling to help you through tests and treatment and beyond,” she said.

Information and support is available to anyone affect by cancer though Cancer Council 13 11 20 Information and Support. To watch the webinar, visit the Cancer Council NSW website and to sign up for Dry July and raise funds for Cancer Council NSW, click here.

Australian Survivor, Johnny Eastoe, has a personal message for Dry July-ers!

Australian Survivor reality TV star and undisputed quintessential Aussie bloke, Johnny Eastoe, will ditch the booze next month for Dry July 2020, revealing his struggles since leaving the show combined with years of constant and heavy drinking, had taken its toll on him mentally and physically.

Mr Eastoe, an underground mine shift worker in the Goldfields, said he was thrilled to be asked by Cancer Council WA to be a regional Dry July champion, and urged anyone who may be concerned about their drinking, particularly following the COVID-19 lock-down, to sign up or donate. 

"Over the past 12 months I have done two seasons of Survivor but coming back to work and reality has been a real struggle," Mr Eastoe said. 

"Like a lot of people who appear on reality TV shows, I struggled with adapting back. 

"It's so overwhelming - it sweeps you up - and then you go back to work and you're dealing with people day to day coming up to you. My escape from it was definitely turning to the bottle a bit more." 

Mr Eastoe said he had been a regular drinker for years, but things were getting out of control. 

"I have been drinking on a daily basis pretty much for the past 15 years," he said. 

"However following Survivor, I would finish my mining shift then down about six to eight drinks every night. Then on my week off, I would pretty much just sit around and drink all day. 

"I was fulfilling my responsibilities at work but not my personal responsibilities; I stopped doing things around the house and my communication with family was really lacking. 

"I approached my good friends from the show and said I am at a point now where if I don't make a change I'm going to go down that track and basically said I had a problem. 

"A mate suggested a pact to give up the booze for 30 days and give each other the support we needed. 

"I ended up doing 45 days but then had a few beers the other week and was a bit disappointed in myself. The next day I was so hung-over and don't really want to feel like that again. 

"Having someone backing you up goes a long way and a pledge to a mate is a good answer to external pressures. People constantly pressure you to change your bad habits, but a bet is something no one wants to renege on. 

"The 45 days I had off the booze are probably the best days I have had. The first week was hard but after that I just felt better and better every day. I was able to go to the gym more and train. When I was struggling and wanted to drink I would go for a walk instead which was so much more rewarding. 

"I'm really looking forward to getting on the wagon again and doing another month off the booze. I urge anyone who wants to give their liver a break to sign up to Dry July 2020 and raise much needed funds for Cancer Council WA."

Johnny has recorded a personal message to encourage others to sign up to Dry July that you can see HERE.