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Dry July Foundation Supporting NSW

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You can make a difference to people affected by cancer by supporting the Dry July Foundation.

Money raised will go to organisations in New South Wales which offer cancer support and treatment services. Funds are awarded following a grant application round in late October each year.

Grant recipients may include small regional hospitals, metropolitan hospitals, and not-for-profit organisations.

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Reflected Legacy Celebrates 3 Years

The staff, patients, families and artists at Liverpool Hospital recently celebrated 3 years of a groundbreaking arts and health legacy program in the Palliative Care ward, known as the Reflected Legacy Program.

Reflected Legacy captured the life stories of patients in visual art and sound recordings. Artists sit in conversation with patients, creating striking Ink-Pressing artworks that represent their experiences of freedom, joy, courage and love in their human lifetime. The creative experience for the patient and family is integrated into holistic care on the ward, encouraging empathy and deeply enriching the end of life process. Since the program’s launch in 2015, there have been a number of positive and significant patient outcomes including improvements in mood, appetite, sleep patterns and pain management as well as consistently positive feedback from families and staff. 

In the final year, over 50 families were supported through this unique practice and with the training delivered by artist Flutter Lyon, 9 new artists have taken their practice into new health and end of life spaces.

This was a unique partnership between Liverpool Hospital, The GroundSwell Project and artist Flutter Lyon  

Dry July was a proud supporter of this project.

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NSW Cancer Support Organisations Receive 2016 Dry July Funds

We have announced the 41 recipients of this year’s Dry July Foundation Grant Program as part of the 2016 Dry July campaign. In NSW, 13 organisations received funding for a wide variety of projects (listed below) to support those with cancer. 

For the full announcement please click on  the link below:

Congratulations to this year’s Grant Program recipients in New South Wales:

Blacktown Cancer and Haematology Centre

    o  Art & Music Therapy Programs

    o Exercise Physiology Program

• Central Coast Local Health District

    o CoastCanCare Wellness Program

• Coonabarabran Cancer Support Group

    o Palliative care room refurbishment (‘P4P’ project)

• Chris O’Brien Lifehouse

    o Arterie Group Workshops

    o Arterie Open Studio

    o Living Room Lymphoedema Management Program

    o Mobile patient entertainment stations

     o Volunteer Music Program equipment

• The Crown Princess Mary Cancer Centre (Westmead Hospital)

    o Branded secure wheelchairs

    o Massage Therapy

    o Music system for radiotherapy bunkers

    o Newspaper subscriptions

    o Pamper packs for patients

    o Refrigerators for palliative care rooms

    o King single sofa beds for single rooms in the Palliative Care ward

• Fight Cancer Foundation

    o Support for Hilltop accommodation centre in Albury

HammondCare’s Jacaranda Ward (Greenwich Hospital)

    o iPads (11) for speech therapy

Liverpool Cancer Therapy Centre

    o Wellness Centre Support Programs (Pilates/Yoga, Qi Gong, Thai Chi, Zumba, Nutrition, Massage Therapy, Acupuncture, Hypnotherapy)

    o Reflected Legacy art therapy program for palliative care patients

• Moruya District Hospital

    o Life’s Scrapbook, a narrative life story program for palliative care patients

    o Connections, a psychoeducational group

• Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Australia

    o Music Therapy Program at Nepean Cancer Care Services

• The Prostate and Breast Cancer Foundation

    o CanCare Patient Navigation Program (partial funding)

• Royal North Shore Hospital

    o Activity packs for long-term haematology patients of Ward 8E

    o New treatment chairs for the Northern Sydney Cancer Centre

• St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney

    o Group Programs (Art Therapy, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Meditation, Exercise and Nutrition, Lifestyle Education)

    o Massage Program

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Additional Parking for Orange Patients

The Western Care Lodge in Orange NSW offers dedicated accommodation facilities to cancer patients from around the state's western region. Dry July funds in 2013 assisted with completing Stage 2 of the Lodge, which opened an additional wing of rooms and was operating at capacity.

The new wing enabled more guests to utilise the Lodge but with this increased traffic came the realisation that there was insufficient parking, particularly for disabled guests.

The Dry July Foundation awarded a grant in 2015 to Cancer Care Western NSW, which operates the Lodge, for the establishment of two additional car parks. These spots will make it easier for patients who can't walk as far to disembark within 10 metres of their accommodation, and help reduce the stress associated with arriving to find a car park full - for patients and carers who are already dealing with a lot of anxiety.

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Reflected Legacy Palliative Care Program at Liverpool Hospital

Dry July is thrilled to be able to support ‘Reflected Legacy’, a ground breaking arts and health program at Liverpool Hospital. This program received funding from Dry July’s 2015 Grant Program.

Lead by visual artist Flutter Lyon, this project complements the holistic care of cancer patients in palliative care, while enhancing and changing the physical environment for patients, families and staff on the ward.

How the Program Works

Flutter Lyon hosts Pressing Sessions in patient rooms; profound, interactive experiences between the artist and the patient that combine storytelling and art making. Through a series of questions and storytelling exercises Flutter captures the life stories of people in the last days and weeks of their life in unique Ink-Pressing artworks and sound recordings, which are then given to the patient and their family as a gift of art and legacy.

Connection. Insight. Healing.

When we tell our stories, it gives us a way of sharing and reflecting upon the life we are living. Free expression and storytelling in this setting offers a deepened sense of connection to the value and meaning of our individual and shared life experiences.

It can bring comfort, celebration and beauty during a challenging time in our lives, encouraging the recall of memories and key points in our life that we have felt free, joyous, loving and loved, strong and hopeful. By remembering what we have done and seeing the powerful nature of our human experience, it can help empower us to find the strength and bravery we might desire now.

What the Program Does

This powerful experience, when taken into the palliative care space, provides tangible outcomes:

  • -patients report improvements to their mood, pain management, appetite and sleep patterns;
  • families report feeling uplifted and more connected; and
  • staff report new insights into patient care and a greater sense of support and resilience within the ward environment

Who the Project is For

Patients and loved ones engaged in the Palliative Care services at Liverpool Hospital.

This story was originally posted on Flutter Lyon’s Facebook Page

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25 Additional Workshops Across Australia

The Dry July Foundation was pleased to award a grant to the Cancer Patients Foundation and Look Good Feel Better in 2015. 

The funds are being used to offer 5 additional Look Good Feel Better Workshops in NSW, QLD, SA, VIC and WA, particularly in regional areas.

Past workshop participants have said of the program:

“As I face the imminent loss of my hair, for most of my life worn long and, so, such a visible and intrinsic part of my femininity, I now feel I can literally ‘put on my happy face’ for the world. So armed, rather than be an object of pity (no hair, cancer victim, poor thing, so sad) with my new make-up, stylish wig and other glamorous head accessories, I can instead visually and powerfully proclaim my warrior stance in my battle against this most insidious disease.”

Catherine, LGFB participant

“I went with trepidation but my doctor said ‘it would be right mate’ and it was… It is sometimes hard for us chaps to speak about our personal needs but you made it practical and common sense.” 

Jeremy, LGFB participant

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