Dry July Foundation Grant funding supports Cancer Council NSW Transport 2 Treatment service
A grant made by Dry July Foundation is making a difference to people affected by cancer in Northern New South Wales.
Warren Britten, Volunteer Transport Coordinator, said: ‘Thanks to the Dry July campaign and the invaluable donation of a new car to be used in both the Ballina and Byron Bay Shires. In the first five weeks of operation, the car has already travelled just under 5,000 kms! We have a dozen or so dedicated volunteer drivers who give up much of their free time to enable this service to operate five days a week. Without the volunteers and continued support and sponsorship of Dry July Foundation none of this would have been possible. Many thanks to the supporters of the Dry July campaign from all of us to all of you.
Donna Barnes, from St Vincent’s Oncology Unit, stated, on behalf of Harry and Irene Weller (who have used the service): ‘Thank you again and the Wellers wanted to express their appreciation for the wonderful service. They were very impressed! They even got to come up in a brand-new car! So, thank you.’
Finally, Bronwyn Sevenoaks, a patient, also commented: ‘The service has been wonderful, thank you for giving me great volunteer drivers, they have been amazing’.
“The Thing About Cancer” podcast series was funded by a grant from Dry July Foundation in 2018
By taking part in Dry July, you help people like Esther. Esther is one of seven people in Australian history to develop a tumour from a molar pregnancy. It happened in 2015, and was an extremely difficult time for her as she had just lost her father as well as her baby. She is incredibly supportive of Cancer Council NSW’s “The Thing About Cancer” podcast series as they provided her with the support she needed to cope and communicate her situation to her loved ones.
“In 2015, I had a molar pregnancy that turned into tumour. I think there’s only 7 other people who have had this in Australia.
Around the time of diagnosis, I had just lost my dad and now obviously, the baby. The hormones I had at the time meant the feelings were magnified by about 500%. I had to put my chemo off to speak at my fathers funeral. Everything was blended together, so I’m not sure it was just the tumor making me feel this way.
One thing I wished I did earlier was listen to “The Thing About Cancer” podcast, which was produced by Cancer Council NSW and funded by Dry July. I also wish I’d made my family and friends listen to the podcast on speaking to a family member about their cancer. It would’ve made it a lot easier for me to manage those relationships during treatment. I always recommend people listen to that podcast series. I’ve been speaking to a lot of people recently at my daughter’s new school, and have found so many people find it hard to speak to someone going through treatment. The podcasts were my friend during that time and gave me someone or something to listen to.
The podcasts were so great because you could just listen to them and do other things at the same time. I had my husband listen them and the man’s voice in the ‘sex’ episode really helped us reconnect on that level, and understand each other’s position. I connected with them as they provided the information that I needed to hear. I wasn’t alone and my feelings weren’t unusual. I was crying and laughing, and you can’t do that while reading. The podcast medium is great for this information as it caters for that time restriction and lack of energy which is so common with people going through cancer treatment.
If I were to give advice to someone going through my situation, I would honestly say, listen to the podcasts by Cancer Council. They make everything better, you can dish them out to the people around you that need to hear it. It’s so nice, to have someone finally say that this is usual and this is normal. It gave me an avenue to communicate what I felt without actually having to say it, or offending those I love the most.
Recently, my partner and I were finally given permission to try for more babies. So we’re very excited, it’s been a long time coming.”
Dry July funds help OTIS Foundation to provide Breast Cancer Retreats
We're pleased to announce that the Dry July Foundation has awarded a grant to OTIS Foundation to help provide additional Breast Cancer Retreats to people experiencing breast cancer.
The OTIS Foundation provides retreat accommodation at no cost to anyone dealing with the challenges of breast cancer. They currently provide properties in Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia, Queensland, Western Australia and Northern Territory.
Each stay provides guests with time out to relax, reconnect and regroup. Friends, family and partners are also welcome.
Each year, OTIS Foundation make close to 3,500 nights retreat accommodation available at no cost to families dealing with the challenges of breast cancer.
Their aim is to provide the gift of time and space in an environment that allows guests to relax, reconnect and take a break away with loved ones in the hope it will reduce the psychological impacts of the disease. They match their guests with available accommodation retreats, suitable to their needs.
Find out more about OTIS Foundation: https://www.otisfoundation.org.au/
Creating a legacy for palliative care patients
Thanks to Dry July fundraising in 2019, we've been able to award a grant to the GroundSwell Project for their Creative Legacy Program.
Creative Legacy Program is an award winning arts and health experience that combines storytelling and art making on an acute Palliative Care ward.
Through conversation and story-telling exercises the artist captures the life stories of people in the last days and weeks of their life in personalised artworks, which are then given to the patient and their family as a gift of art and legacy.
Watch this TODAY Show segment to learn more about Creative Legacy.
Dreams2Live4 receives a grant from the Dry July Foundation
We're pleased to announce that national charity, Dreams2Live4 have received a grant from the Dry July Foundation, to help make dreams come true for adult cancer patients who are living with metastatic cancer (any cancer which has spread).
Living with metastatic cancer can be an overwhelming and grueling battle. Dreams2Live4 empowers these patients to dream and find purpose again. It is the only charity of its type in Australia for adult patients. Last year they worked with more than 450 patients and their families in hospitals across Australia. A dream is coming true every 48 hours!
Dreams2Live4 was founded by metastatic cancer sufferer, Annie Robinson in 2008 as a program at one Sydney Hospital. Her personal experience gave her unique insight into the importance of “treating the soul as well as the disease.” “If we can encourage people to think of what their dreams may be and help them achieve these dreams, they just may improve the outlook of their disease.” — Annie Robinson
Dreamers range from 17 years old, from all walks of life, with all types of cancer, and they all have their own unique dreams. We have had weddings, hot air ballooning, adventures to the reef and snow. Some dreamers ask to meet their idol- Guy Sebastian, Dawn French, Craig Lowndes, The Kings of Leon – just to name a few.
Other dreamers long to create lasting happy memories for those they leave behind in the form of family photographs, publishing their memoirs, getaways and family reunions. Or it could be as simple as having their hair done so the nurses see them at their best. Sadly, Annie passed away in 2009. She has left a legacy of hope which lives on today in the work of Dreams2live4.
Find out more about Dreams2Live4: https://www.dreams2live4.org.au
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