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Cancer Council WA

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As WA’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 state-wide prevention programs, advocating for change and supporting WA families affected by cancer, when they need it the most, every minute, every hour, every day we’re striving towards our vision of cancer-free future.

By going dry this July and fundraising on our behalf you’ll be helping us to continue providing our vital 13 11 20 support service for all West Australians affected by cancer. 13 11 20 is a confidential cancer information and support phone line run by our experienced Cancer Nurses. It’s available to those affected by or concerned about cancer and works to connect West Australians with relevant support, information and resources.

In the last financial year 8,501 calls were received by our Cancer Nurses via 13 11 20. However, our latest estimates show that by 2040 the number of Australians with a personal history of cancer will increase by 72 per cent to 1.9 million. This means in the coming years, our services, like 13 11 20, will be needed more than ever before.

As a not-for-profit, non-government organisation we’re reliant on community donations to continue providing this much-needed service for the WA community. By fundraising for us this Dry July you’ll be helping us to continue supporting WA families affected by cancer. We can’t do what we do without you.

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2018 Campaign funds and a top up grant from Dry July Foundation assists with 6 months funding of the 13 11 20 helpline in Western Australia

Dry July campaign funds and a grant from the Dry July Foundation will ensure continuous service of the Cancer Council Support Line in WA for 6 months in 2019. Cancer Council’s 13 11 20 support line is a free, confidential information and support service run by Cancer Councils in each state and territory. Anyone can contact 13 11 20; cancer patients, people living with cancer, their families, carers and friends, social workers, healthcare professionals and the general public. The service is run by teams of specially trained oncology nurses who are available to answer questions about cancer and offer emotional or practical support. In the last financial year, 13 11 20 answered more than 46,000 calls nationally and was pivotal in connecting cancer patients to our support services including transport to treatment, accommodation, complementary therapy, wig service and support groups. 13 11 20 is funded individually by each state and territory Cancer Council and relies on community donations. In the previous year, in Western Australia :

* There were 8176 connections via phone, email, online or in person.

* More than 70% of all connections involved cancer patients and their family / friends (the balance of connections involved social workers on behalf of cancer patients, health care professionals and the general public).

* There were 0.51 connections (with cancer patients and their family / friends) for every 1 person diagnosed with cancer in WA.

* More than 52% of connections with cancer patients and their family / friends were made at the point of first diagnosis.

* More than 55% of connections came from repeat users of the service.

You can see a short video that talks about the excellent service here 

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Dry July funds support line that helps cancer patients, their carers and families

Louise’s Story

In 2018, Dry July funds raised for Cancer Council WA will go towards our 13 11 20 cancer information and support line. 

Channel 9 news presenter Louise Momber knows firsthand how vital 13 11 20 is for WA families affected by cancer. Her mother Liz was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004. After her chemotherapy, Louise thought her mum was in the clear, until she was diagnosed with multiple myeloma almost five years after the treatment. In 2011, Louise’s father Peter was diagnosed with colon cancer, with secondaries on his lungs and liver.  

Like many family members wanting to help their loved ones cope with hearing the news they have cancer, Louise wanted to give her parents the best support she could.  

“When both my parents were diagnosed with cancer, I didn’t know who to turn to and at times I felt helpless. I had so many questions and there were some things I couldn’t bring myself to discuss with my parents, or in front of them.” 

Louise found her support through our 13 11 20 service- a confidential cancer information and support phone line run by our experienced Cancer Nurses. It’s available to those affected by or concerned about cancer and works to connect West Australians with relevant support, information and resources.

“Calling 13 11 20 helped me through the most difficult time of my life. It gave me an outlet, and the caring cancer nurse on the phone was an incredible source of comfort that helped to ease the burden. I also learnt about the other support services Cancer Council WA offers, including the Wig Service that Mum used after chemotherapy caused her hair loss.” 

For Louise, her family’s cancer journey lasted many years— and our 13 11 20 nurses were there to support her when she needed it most. Louise’s parents not only had different types of cancer, but their journeys and how they coped also varied greatly. It’s why having Cancer Council WA there to help her meant so much.

“Mum passed away in July 2012 and Dad died 2 months later. Not a day goes by that I don’t think of them.” 

By calling 13 11 20, Louise was able to ask the questions she thought might be distressing to ask her parents, and found her own vital source of knowledge and support during a very difficult time.

“13 11 20 is a critical support service for the community. I urge Dry July to help Cancer Council WA raise funds and awareness of this valuable service which supports cancer patients, their carers and families when they need it most.”   

In the last financial year 8,501 calls were received by Cancer Council WA cancer Nurses via 13 11 20. As a not-for-profit, non-government organisation we’re reliant on community donations to continue providing this much-needed service for the WA community.


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Life in a day of our 13 11 20 support line video

Fundraising from this year's Dry July will help us continue to provide our vital 13 11 20 support service for all West Australians affected by cancer.

Learn more about this service and the difference it makes here.

Joe ‘Bushie’ Bush kicks back at Milroy Lodge thanks to Dry July

For Bushie, coming back to his room at Milroy Lodge after a long day of treatment is something he can look forward to now thanks to new recliners purchased with Dry July funding.

“It means everything to me. I’m from the country, from Leonora and I didn’t know these type of places existed. I came down here and I am blown away by the place.”

Bushie has been staying at Milroy Lodge for nearly 3 months while he receives treatment in Perth for lung cancer. The lodge is one of two accommodation facilities run by Cancer Council WA that sees 5,000 country cancer patients stay with them each year.

The funding received from the Dry July campaign in 2017 means that he and every guest staying at the lodge can relax in the comfort of a new leather recliner.

“I came down about 10 weeks ago. I was here for nearly 6 weeks so I could get treatment for lung cancer. Then they sent me home because I had chemo and radiation to recuperate for a bit and I am back here now to get the final bit done.”

Bushie said it was a nice surprise to come back the second time around and find the recliner waiting for him in his room.

“It’s beautiful to come back to a comfy armchair. I’d like to thank Dry July very much. I see that every room has got one and I am blown away that these are here”.

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Roberta embraces Life Now Yoga program funded by Dry July

10 months since Geraldton resident Roberta Ralph was diagnosed with breast cancer, and the 45-year-old has said she’s ready to curb the disease by taking a class she’s never done before — yoga. The mother-of-two said the cancer was caught at a regular breast screening in April of last year, and since then she has been determined to improve her health through exercise. 

“I was very lazy before I was diagnosed, but then my mum’s health went downhill and my sister was diagnosed with breast cancer. I was diagnosed about five years after starting regular breast screenings. I was really lucky, they only found a small lump, the cancer hadn’t spread everywhere and since it was found early, I didn’t have to go through chemo or radiation or any of that. I still get pains though, in the joints of my hands and hips, but the after-care at Geraldton Hospital was just fantastic and my friends and family have been very supportive.”

After beginning a fitness regime, which involved walking between three to five kilometres twice a day, Roberta has now decided to take on more exercise with other recently diagnosed cancer patients.

“I’m hoping to meet other people, so we can talk and bounce ideas off each other. This particular program is open to people with any type of cancer.”

Geraldton Cancer Council’s Life Now Program will run two classes of general exercise and yoga, beginning in late February and late March. These programs have been made possible with the help of funds raised during the 2017 Dry July campaign.

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