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Redkite is a national charity which aims to give young people with cancer the tools they need to live their best possible life. No matter where in Australia a young person is treated or lives, Redkite’s professional support team is available for them and their families to give:
• counselling, practical help and trusted information
• financial assistance for essentials like travel to and from hospital, rent and food at a time when parents and young people need to give up work
• support and guidance to pursue goals and dreams, or help to set new ones

Young people don’t have to face cancer alone. With your help, they can have the support they need wherever they may be.

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Fundraising for Redkite will help people like Teah access support when they need it most

Teah spent two years away from her home undergoing treatment for her acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.

At 17, Teah is now in remission and starting her life all over again - returning from hospital and getting back on her feet hasn't been easy. Teah was introduced to her Redkite social worker, Lis to help her take practical steps to rebuild her life, including setting up a bank account and working out Teah's future career path.

“If I didn’t have Lis right now, I would not know where to start. I would be staying home, not doing anything. I wouldn’t know where to start my life again, or even have that motivation to be excited to go out and try.”

Read Teah's full story here: 

Dry July funds help Redkite ensure that social workers like Jo can support young people affected by cancer

Dry Julyers, meet Jo.

As one of the incredible social workers at Redkite, Jo helps to make a difficult time, a little easier for young people affected by cancer.

“When it all feels a bit overwhelming and too much to hold, our social workers can provide that safe space for people to take a breath and hopefully feel a little lighter knowing they have all the support that Redkite provides. They are never alone while we are here,” Jo said.

Feel proud knowing that by participating in Dry July and raising funds, you've made a real difference to the lives of young people affected by cancer. ❤️

Dry July fundraising helps Redkite provide essential support for young people living with cancer.

The funds raised by participants of Dry July 2020 will help Redkite to provide essential support to young people with cancer and their families from the moment of diagnosis.

You have ensured that Redkite’s caring and professional support team are able to provide counselling, social work support and information when a young person with cancer needs it. Because of you, young people with cancer and their families are supported and they will know that big things are still possible.

Neave’s Story

Year 12 is meant to be the time when a young person dreams of broader horizons and spreading their wings, but for Neave, it was the year she took on the toughest challenge of her young life. 

She was diagnosed with t-cell acute lymphoblastic lymphoma. What followed was a gruelling treatment, punctuated by long hospital stays.  

“When I was diagnosed it was out-of-the-blue. My world was rocked,” Neave said.  

Although only 17, Neave was on a ward with patients much older than her. Redkite know the stress and isolation young people experience in the adult hospital system – it’s one of the reasons we created the Diagnosis Support Pack for young people. It’s full of useful things for a long hospital stay, and shows a young person entering the bewildering and scary world of cancer that someone cares – that no matter what, Redkite is along for the ride with them.  

After yet another scan in the early days of her treatment, Neave received hers. It marked the start of her connection to Redkite. 

“There’s a pen that I still have, which I can’t use anymore because I’ve used all the ink. I used my Redkite pen for a journal I started when I was first diagnosed. My Redkite pen gave me the ability to write down my feelings during my early stages of treatment,” Neave said. 

Neave’s life had been seriously disrupted by the treatment that was saving it. Being in her final year of school, she was meant to be studying for her Year 12 exams, but often wasn’t well enough. With her education on pause, she needed to find ways to keep her mind active and her spirits up. The Redkite team she had connected with thanks to the information in the Diagnosis Support Pack, helped her find activities she could do during her treatment. They also helped her re-imagine her future. 

“On the days when I was slightly well enough, my Redkite counsellor helped find me activities to do, like art courses to go to. When I was out of hospital, I was able to sit and talk with someone at their office in the city,” she said.  

Neave’s story is similar to the stories of hundreds of young people throughout the country. Thanks to your generosity and the Dry July Foundation, you’ve been able to give young people like Neave the resources they need to make sure cancer is only part of their story, not the whole book. 

Dry July funds help Redkite support people like Ben

When Ben was 23 years old, doctors discovered he had a malignant brain tumour: astrocytoma glioma. “I was bluntly told: ‘You have cancer’,” he remembers.

Life changed overnight for Ben who immediately underwent brain surgery. The neurosurgeons removed 95 percent of his tumour, but Ben had 33 sessions of radiation in seven weeks, followed by six months of life-sapping chemotherapy, to remove the rest.

For Ben, Redkite was there help him maintain his independence during treatment. “It was helpful to speak with people at Redkite who understood what I was going through. I really couldn’t imagine going through the challenging times I endured without the warming support from the Redkite social workers. They took so much pressure off the whole process, they even assisted with organising my appointments. They gave me a real sense of comfort when it seemed like nothing else in that environment could.”

“It was comforting to know that Redkite was ready to support my family and I from the beginning. They found me with open arms and were ready to help,” Ben added. “I had never been involved with a charity before I was diagnosed and never understood how much they could help someone going through such a challenging time. They were the warm security blanket I never knew I needed. Words will never truly express the thanks I have towards Redkite and the support they give young people who are going through cancer."

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