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.