Every 41 minutes, an Australian is diagnosed with a blood cancer or related blood disorder. Blood cancer is the third biggest cause of cancer death in Australia, claiming more lives each year than breast cancer or skin cancer. For people living in regional and remote areas, a blood cancer diagnosis normally means urgent relocation to capital cities to access live-saving treatment. Each year, the Leukaemia Foundation supports more than 750 families from regional and rural Australia by providing free accommodation and services in the major cities, keeping families together and close to their loved one during treatment, for as long as they need.
And this year the Dry July Foundation is helping to make this possible.
Through the Dry July campaign fundraising and the early grant funding, the Leukaemia Foundation has been successful in receiving $494,000 for accommodation upgrades. The upgrades will allow the Leukaemia Foundation to continue to provide this no charge service to people living with a blood cancer when they most need it. The upgrades will be rolled out in the coming months across:
• Bridgestone Australia Leukaemia Foundation Village in Adelaide, South Australia
• The Queensland Freemasons Village in Townsville, Queensland
• The Clem Jones Sunland Leukaemia Foundation Village in Brisbane, Queensland
• Herston Village in Brisbane, Queensland
• The Leukaemia Foundation Patient and Family Accommodation Complex in Westmead, New South Wales
• The Jim Simpson Patient and Family Accommodation Complex in Newcastle, New South Wales
• The Victorian Patient Accommodation Centre in Melbourne, Victoria
In addition to the accommodation upgrades, this grant will allow the purchase of a new Patient Transport Vehicle for the Brisbane Transport Program. The Queensland patient transport program links the Leukaemia Foundation's four Brisbane accommodation complexes with the six major hospitals and treatment centres ensuring people get to their treatment in order to beat their blood cancers.