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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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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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Dry July Funds assist in refurbishments of Crawford and Milford Lodges

Dry July funding comprised part of the $2 million cost of recent refurbishments at these Perth based lodges, facilitating stays by an additional 340 country cancer patients each year.The refurbishments have created an additional nine guest rooms, six at Crawford and three at Milroy, including the brand new family unit which can accommodate a family of six. Each suite has an ensuite bathroom, bedside table and lamps, lounge or arm chair, table and two chairs, tea/coffee making facilities, refrigerator, telephone, television and clothes storage.

Alongside the addition of guest rooms, at Crawford Lodge we have taken the opportunity to create an additional communal kitchen with an outdoor decking area, new laundry facilities and installed a lift to have easy access to the new family unit (previous caretakers unit upstairs) and to a new staff laundry in the basement.

We have also introduced a new complementary therapy room at Milroy Lodge as well as an improved drop off and pick up area in the upper carpark.

The addition of 9 new rooms across both Lodges means

• 342 additional patients per year that can be accommodated (based upon average stay of 9.6 nights)

• a reduction of waitlists by 60% (based upon 2015-16 FY waitlist)

• increased kitchen and laundry amenities to meet the needs of additional guests

• improved use of space at both Lodges

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Garfield's story

According to long time Carnarvon resident Garfield Bissett, our Milroy Lodge in Perth is a piece of ‘heaven’.

The 67 year old who describes himself as an old ‘bushie’ from way back has been living at Milroy Lodge since April last year following a bowel cancer diagnosis. Milroy is one of two Cancer Council WA Lodges providing accommodation for country cancer patients who need to re-locate to Perth for treatment.

“You’ve got no idea what this place means to so many of us,” he said. “It’s unbelievable what the staff and volunteers do for you,” he said.

Garfield said he was particularly appreciative of the efforts of our Cancer Support Co-ordinator at the Lodge, Karen, who arranged to transport his car to Perth which he described as a ‘godsend’.

“Any problem you’ve got…you just go and speak to one of the staff and they’ll fix it for you. It’s not easy being in Perth but without this place, I’d be dead,” said Garfield.

While Garfield is unsure how much longer he will need to remain in Perth for treatment he said all of the comforts and support at Milroy make putting up with treatment so much easier.

“You really don’t realise how great Cancer Council is until you’ve been here.

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