Funds raised from Dry July 2019 will directly support the Leukaemia Foundation’s National Transport to Treatment Program.
Every day another 35 Australians are diagnosed with a blood cancer. That is one Australian every 41 minutes and 60,000 Australians living with a blood cancer right now.
The transport service has been designed to relieve some of the pressures faced by people with blood cancer and their families; particularly those with no access to transport, limited finances or have relocated for cancer treatments from rural and remote locations.
The service ensures that patients are not compromising their weakened immune systems by travelling by public transport or general taxi services and are arriving at appointments safely and on time, it also allows carers to travel when their loved ones are stuck at the hospital and can provide transport to children attending hospital schools when they have relocated to major city to access potentially life-saving treatments.
Their essential transport service can provide transport for children attending hospital schools when they have relocated to major city. It means carers can travel when their loved ones are stuck at the hospital getting access to the medicines they need to beat blood cancer.
A team of dedicated, trained volunteers drives people and families to and from their medical, outpatient and other specialist appointments; delivering people at their appointments safely and on-time, with a friendly face on the way.
Since 2015, the Leukaemia Foundation has averaged around 1.6 million kilometres in travel across Australia, equalling more than 50,000 trips getting patients and their carers to and from treatment with this service.