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Cancer Council NSW believes in a cancer-free future. There are things that we can all do every day to help make this happen.

Every year in NSW alone, more than 48,000 new cases of cancer are expected to be diagnosed, and the impact on patients, carers, families and communities is significant. Together with our volunteers and supporters, we are committed to reducing the impact of cancer through Research, Prevention, Information and Support, and Advocacy.

Cancer Council NSW receives 95% of our funding from non-government, community sources. With your support, we can continue to work across every area of every cancer, and ensure that no one needs to face cancer alone.

Thank you for choosing to support Cancer Council NSW this Dry July!

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Cancer Council NSW receives a grant from the Dry July Foundation

We're proud to announce that Cancer Council NSW has received a grant from the Dry July Foundation.

The grant will go towards the following: 

• An informational podcast series for patients, exploring the clinical, practical, physical and emotional concerns of for people experiencing advanced cancer.

• Survivorship webinars focused on addressing survivorship issues and helping patients and carers adjust to life after cancer.

• Telephone-based support for cancer survivors to help to reduce their stress levels, improve diet and exercise and reduce their risk of cancer recurrence for some cancers

• Continued Accommodation Upgrades at Lilier Lodge in Wagga Wagga

• ENRICHing Survivorship: a free, group-based program, introducing cancer survivors to important nutrition information, gentle physical activity, and key information about adjusting to life after cancer

• Information Resources for people affected by blood cancer; the production and print of three information booklets: Understanding Myeloma, Understanding Acute Leukaemia, and Understanding Hodgkin Lymphoma. These resources will be available in print and online.

• Expand Cancer Council Information Services in to three new hospitals, and also refurbish existing services in two locations

Cancer Council NSW Accommodation Refurbishments, Information Services and Survivorship Program

Funds from this years campaign plus a grant from the Dry July Foundation has provided further renovations and room upgrades at Lilier Lodge patient accommodation. Lilier Lodge opened in 2004 as a self-care facility comprising of 20 double rooms. Lilier Lodge offers comfortable self-catered home-style bed and breakfast accommodation in a supportive environment for patients undergoing treatment at the Riverina Cancer Care Centre and their carers.

Bookings can be made by calling the Lilier Lodge manager on (02) 6925 5240 during office hours, or via email [email protected]

The facility is located at 317 Edward St, Wagga Wagga NSW 2650.

Further details available here and here.

In addition, funds will ensure the continuation of the ENRICHing Survivorship Program – A free exercise & nutrition program for cancer survivors. This free 8-week program run by Cancer Council has been providing invaluable advice for the last 6 years. More information on the ENRICHing Survivorship Program can be found here.

Further funds will help update Cancer Council Information Services area's that are found in hospital waiting rooms around NSW. 

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Keith's Story

In 2018, Dry July funds raised for Cancer Council NSW will go towards the Lilier Lodge in Wagga Wagga.

Here's how Keith benefited from Lilier Lodge...

“If we didn’t have Cancer Council NSW in the country, we’d have to drive to Sydney for our treatment.”

Keith had to travel from Griffith to Wagga Wagga for his cancer treatment. Thanks to the partnership between Cancer Council NSW and Can Assist, he was able to stay at Lilier Lodge in Wagga to avoid the 200km drive each day.

Being farmers all their lives, Keith and his wife Margaret have had their fair share of tough times. Together they’ve stuck through it all, which Margaret explains, “we had many bad years, but we came out on top in the end.”

When Keith was diagnosed with highly aggressive prostate cancer, his natural instinct was to worry about how his kids would cope.

“Straight away, I thought about our daughter and son, it sort of frightened me to a certain extent.”

Keith lives nearly 200km from the nearest treatment centre, and needed to be close to hospital for daily radiotherapy.

At first Keith’s kids wanted him to stay at his granddaughter’s house in Wagga but he didn’t want to burden her or interfere with her lifestyle.

He was eager to stay at Lilier Lodge, which he learned about through his previous fundraising for Cancer Council NSW. Once his family met with the staff and saw the facilities for themselves, they felt much more at ease for him to stay there during his treatment.

To make their stay more comfortable, and to offer support throughout treatment, their carers can also stay with them.

Keith’s wife Margaret stayed with Keith the whole eight weeks and enjoyed her time getting to know the other guests and carers.

In his words, “she even had a holiday there.”

She said, “it was just lovely, we had our own shower and toilet, and two nice big beds.”

Cancer Council NSW provides accommodation and support for people like Keith and Margaret, who wouldn’t otherwise be able to easily access their treatment.

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ENRICHing Survivorship program - participant feedback

Dry July funding from 2017 generously funded two Cancer Council NSW ENRICHing Survivorship programs in the Sydney area. Each program involves weekly sessions run over a period of 8 weeks, with trained facilitators providing important exercise and nutritional information to cancer survivors and their carers to help them adjust to life after cancer.

The first Dry July funded program was delivered in Brookvale from February to April 2018. Planning for the second program is underway, with expected delivery in August to September 2018. A detailed evaluation report of participant outcomes will be available at the end of the year.

Seaforth resident and cancer survivor, Patricia Henn, attended an ENRICHing Survivorship program in Brookvale in April 2018. 

“It was a terrific program. The exercises were great, especially the leg exercises. The facilitator was very knowledgeable and was very motivating. All the participants were able to participate in the exercises because they weren’t too hard.”

“I also enjoyed learning about nutrition and how to interpret the labels on food. It helped to make me more aware.”

“I enjoyed meeting new people at a similar stage in their lives, who understand what I’ve been through. Hearing their stories made me feel very fortunate to now be a survivor.”

“Doing the program has encouraged me to join a walking group and take up regular exercise classes. I was very grateful for the opportunity to attend the program and would love to attend something similar again.”

Thank you so much to Dry July participants for making this important program available to more cancer survivors and carers.

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'Cancer in the School Community' Information Booklet for NSW Schools

Every school is a community, a network of relationships connecting students, parents and family members with teachers, principals and other school staff. When anyone in a school community is diagnosed with cancer, people usually want to help but may not be sure where to start. 

Dry July funding from 2017 has helped to support the development and distribution of a new edition of Cancer Council NSW’s ‘Cancer in the School Community’ information booklet. This booklet is a guide for school staff who would like to support students, families and colleagues affected by cancer, and help them to respond effectively and sensitively to the issues that cancer may raise in the school community.

Thanks to Dry July, this important resource will be available in primary and secondary schools right across New South Wales.

The new edition of the booklet will go to print in May 2018, and distribution of the booklets is planned for July (dependent on school holidays). 

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