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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 Victoria 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. For more information please email [email protected]

Latest Updates

Information & Resource Centre

Cancer patients and their families now have a dedicated space to find out more information and talk to others, with the opening of the Cancer Information and Resource Lounge at Frankston Hospital.

Construction of the lounge, which has a suite of specially set-up iPads, a range of printed information sheets and a volunteer to provide assistance, was funded by Dry July.

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Dry July Foundation funding for Oncology massage

The patients on 5FS, Peninsula Health's Oncology and Haematology Ward at Frankston Hospital now has access to specialist massages thanks to the Dry July Foundation. McCrae local Ronald Carter who has blood cancer, says the massages have helped offset the side effects of his treatment.

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Feedback on Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre wellness programs

Dry July is proud to fund numerous wellness programs at the Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre (BRICC).

With Dry July 2016 funds, a number of programs have been implemented and patients have shared their feedback:

Oncology Massage

“I have had massage from a great number of practitioners over the years, and on being diagnosed with a reoccurrence of breast cancer, I found it difficult to find a suitable practitioner with oncology experience.

I felt really nervous about being handled in a deep tissue manner and anyone touching me in site of the worrying glands.

However, Helen not only made me feel comfortable but as soon as she touched me I trusted her intention was to help me heal in a gentle and professional manner. I have noticed a difference in the way I breathe and feel after having a treatment. Helen allows me to cry without needing to ask what is wrong or will not talk if I do not feel like making conversation.”

Shiatsu

"I recently had my first ever shiatsu massage at the BRICC Wellness Centre and found it to be a deeply relaxing experience. I have just completed chemotherapy treatment and like the idea that shiatsu aims at treating the person holistically.

Art Therapy

“For me, art therapy has been very grounding. It has let me have a space to explore some feelings without having to talk about them; it has helped me reshape my life. I know that sounds strange, but the process of making art – sometimes very purposeful and sometimes really just scribbling – has helped me to process feelings about myself, my body and my perception of the future.

I love the company of the other people at art therapy and the gentleness with which we go about making art that is really putting a little bit of ourselves onto paper.”

There is quite a lot to be said about the Wellness Centre. The Wellness Centre is designed to meet the needs of patients both during and post treatment with the aim of empowering and supporting people with cancer to take an active role in their health and well being. The Wellness Centre offers complementary therapies designed to relieve tension and may also reduce levels of pain, fatigue, nausea and anxiety in a safe and healing environment. Patients are supported, informed and empowered to experience life as a cancer survivor or meet the challenges of advanced disease and end of life care."

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Peninsula Health Frankston Hospital - Patient comfort and Information Resources

Foundation funding of $58k has enabled this cancer service centre to provide facilities to make patients more comfortable, rental TVs for each room, massage therapy and reconfiguration of the day-lounge area to be complete by the end of April. The other project, an information and resource area is in the planning stage and is anticipated to be completed by August 2017.

Victorian 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 Victoria, funding was given to 10 recipients to assist those affected by cancer.

To view the full announcement: https://www.dryjuly.com/beneficiaries/dryjulyfoundation/posts/3969

Congratulations to this year’s Grant Program recipients in Victoria :

• The Alfred 

o Refurbishment of patient information and waiting areas in Radiation Oncology

o Refurbishment of young adults with cancer area

• Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre

o Wellness Centre Complementary Therapies

• Barwon Health

o Exercise Therapy Program

o Art Therapy Program

• Bendigo Health

o Hair Loss Prevention System

• Cancer Council Victoria

o Cancer services directory design and production

• Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research & Wellness Centre

o Music Therapy Program

o Clinical Psychology Program

• The OTIS Foundation

o Additional Victorian beachside retreats for breast cancer patients and their families

• Peninsula Health

o Improving the wellbeing of oncology inpatients at Frankston Hospital (free television for patients, massage services, and a comfortable day lounge)

o Cancer Information and Resource Centre development

• St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne

o Improving the wellbeing of patients at St Vincent’s Cancer Centre, 6th Floor Oncology and Caritas (fresh flowers, tea service, print subscriptions, pamper packs for patients)

• Wimmera Health Care Group

o Wimmera Cancer Centre entertainment system fit-out (partial funding)

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