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.
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
Crawford Lodge project team hard at work
Cancer Council Western Australia's Crawford Lodge Lodges provide a comfortable home away from home for regional patients and their carers that come to Perth to access treatment.
Dry July has funded $100k towards refurbishment of Crawford Lodge to convert a meeting room into accommodation, to provide more space and availability for patients.
The team are working on the design and delivery of this project which will commence shortly.
Better Access at Crawford Lodge
Cancer Council Western Australia has used Dry July funds to replace card locks at Crawford Lodge. The previous system was old and failing, which was frustrating for guests who needed shuffle back and forth between reception and their room to gain access after a long day of travel or treatment.