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Flinders Foundation is the official charity of the Flinders medical precinct in South Australia.

Every day, our team works to support the leading clinicians and researchers across Flinders Medical Centre and Flinders University to deliver better research, treatment and care and ensure they are equipped with the latest technology, in the best environment.

Thanks to enormous support from across the community, we’re working to prevent, cure and care across a range of diseases and conditions – including cancer.

In 2012 Flinders Foundation played a key role in opening the $30 million Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer (FCIC), a unique centre combining compassionate care, world leading research and a comprehensive support programs for people living with cancer, all under the same roof.

Since then, Flinders Foundation has provided ongoing support to the FCIC by raising funds for cancer research, prevention and care.

This includes providing research grants that help researchers get novel ideas into the laboratory and work on ways to prevent cancer, ways to screen for cancer, and new ways to rid people of this disease once they have it.

Thanks to enormous support from across the community, answers are being uncovered and significant medical breakthroughs at Flinders are having a global impact.

To better support patients and their families, Flinders Foundation is now working to develop a new Cancer Wellness Centre on the ground floor of the FCIC to provide a range of services to help them cope with the effects of cancer.

But there’s still a long way to go. You can help bring us closer.

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Building a Cancer Wellness Centre

Director of The Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer Professor Bogda Koczwara discusses the need to build a Cancer Wellness Centre within the building for people and their families affected by cancer.

Sign up to Dry July and help Flinders Foundation raise $500,000 to make this centre a reality. 

Click HERE to watch the video.

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Dry July CEO visits Flinders Foundation

In early May, Brett Macdonald CEO of Dry July visits the team at the inspirational Flinders Foundation who are applying their Dry July Funding for 2018 toward their new Wellness Centre.

The centre will be great support to patients and their families during and after their cancer treatment.

Specialist resources will be accessed to develop programs that assist with relationships, lifestyle, employment, fertility, finances, diet and nutrition for those accessing the Centre.

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Wellness Centre - Before the refurbishment

Dry July’s 2018 campaign funds will be applied to develop the new Wellness Centre at Flinders Foundation. Here is the Wellness Centre space before refurbishment - watch this space for updates! 

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Grant from Dry July brings Cancer Wellness Centre a step closer….

Thanks to funds raised by Dry July participants in 2017, and a generous grant from the Dry July Foundation, a dedicated Cancer Wellness Centre in the Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer (FCIC) is closer to becoming a reality.

But more funding is needed to help raise $500,000 and ensure Flinders Foundation can create this flagship centre to provide comprehensive support for people and their families living with the effects of cancer.

Over one million Australians have been diagnosed with cancer at some stage in their life.

While it’s great news that improved cancer detection and treatments have led to improved survival rates for people diagnosed with cancer, this has also contributed to an increased need to provide support and services to those with cancer.

The FCIC provides clinical care and research under the one roof and has a track record of supporting people who are living with cancer throughout their cancer journey. Their needs include not just supportive care during cancer treatment, but also addressing other needs including physical, emotional and practical concerns that are often not easily managed in the cancer clinic.

To better focus on these needs, a unique space is required.

Establishing a new Cancer Wellness Centre within the FCIC will provide support to help patients and their families to cope with a range of cancer effects and concerns, including fatigue, anxiety, financial and employment concerns, while also helping them to transition to life with cancer, and life after cancer.

The new Cancer Wellness Centre will connect people with a range of services to help them overcome the effects of cancer and meet their needs. It will also provide an important focal point within the FCIC for patients and their loved ones to receive support and connect with others.

The range of services available within the Wellness Centre will be developed collaboratively by clinicians, researchers, patients and their families. The services at the Wellness Centre will be closely integrated with research, undertaken by the Flinders University, to ensure that evidence informs care and that patients’ needs inform future research.

By supporting Flinders Foundation this Dry July, you’ll be helping people and their families affected by cancer by raising funds to establish a Cancer Wellness Centre in the FCIC.

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Monique's story

Doctors have told Monique Bareham that she is cancer-free. But she’ll never really be free of cancer.

Like so many cancer survivors, the effects of the disease and the years of treatment continue to impact her each day – physically, mentally, financially and on employment and relationships. 

At 36, Monique led a busy life, was dedicated to her career, and had plans for a family. 

But Monique says it all came to a “grinding halt” when she found a lump in her breast. 

“The days went from being normal to being aboard the cancer train,” Monique, now 45, says. 

There were multiple surgeries, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and courses of hormone and other drug therapies. 

She also developed breast cancer related lymphoedema which has permanently left her with constant, heavy and painful swelling in her right arm, and a susceptible immune system.

The intensity of the treatment meant she wasn’t able to work for some time – when she did, it was for short periods before she was forced to retire due to ill health. 

“Fortunately I was cured of cancer,” Monique says. 

“But I remember getting to the five-year mark of being cancer free - which is generally a milestone to be celebrated – and to be honest it was probably the lowest point of my life because I looked at my life and it had just turned completely upside down.” 

“There was the end of my career which had huge financial implications, there were the physical and emotional aspects, I also lost my fertility and wasn’t able to have children, and on a personal level my relationship also failed.” 

Effectively it was every single aspect of my life.”

“I’d completely lost my sense of self and purpose, and went through a period of grief, mourning, depression and anxiety.”

“There also weren’t really any referral pathways for lymphoedema here in South Australia and in a way I was left to deal with it.”

To her credit, Monique has turned her experience into a new purpose, dedicating her life to helping other survivors.

She is the president of the Lymphoedema Support Group of South Australia and a consumer adviser for the Australasian Lymphology Association. She’s also participated in Cancer Voices projects, and frequently presents a consumer perspective on cancer survivorship.

“I now work to raise awareness of cancer related lymphoedema, fertility issues, and returning to work to try and lessen the trauma for the people who have come after me,” she says.”

“It’s taken time but I’ve built the strength and this has become my new purpose.”

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