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St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne is proud to provide world-class cancer care.
Our Chemotherapy Day Unit is renowned for being the centre for myeloma treatment in Victoria. Our Cancer Centre staff are dedicated and passionate about providing the best care and treatment to more than 57,000 patients every year.
St Vincent’s Chemotherapy Day Unit provides specialised treatment for up to 28 patients a day, both from the metropolitan and rural areas of Victoria. The 6th floor Oncology Ward looks after inpatients that need further additional care and cancer treatment.
Fundraising through Dry July assists us to purchase essential items for the Cancer Centre and for our patients. That’s why we need your support!
We’d love to reach our fundraising target of $50,000 this year so we can provide and update vital & essential equipment and supplies, such as including Patient Handrail Scale with Automatic BMI Measurement and Wi-Fi Blood Pressure Monitors.
Germaine, a patient of St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne, shares his journey
By participating in Dry July and raising funds for St Vincent's Hospital, you will be helping people like Souhail get care and support when they need it most
Souhail Imam’s cancer journey began with virtually no warning signs. In April of 2017, at 38 years old he was fulfilling his life-long dream. After years of hard work and hundreds of hours of training, he had become a successful commercial airline pilot. Then, one day out of the blue, Souhail had a seizure. A brain scan confirmed his worst fears, revealing he had a brain tumour.
Not only was his diagnosis a shock but it also meant the end of his career as a commercial pilot.
“Being a pilot had always been my childhood dream. It was very hard to be told I had cancer because it meant giving up a job I loved. At least I was able to enjoy 10 years of flying,” Souhail said.
After discovering the tumour was cancerous, his treatment plan went into overdrive. The St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne team performed an operation to remove the tumour. He then underwent two months of radiation and a year of chemotherapy.
Souhail credits the support of his then girlfriend, Chrystal, along with his family, as the reason he was able to cope. “I didn’t want to drag Chrystal through it all but she wanted to stick by my side. She was and still is absolutely amazing! She came to every appointment and scan. We were close before however this has made us so much closer.”
He also valued the exceptional care he received from the St Vincent’s team, in particular his oncologist Dr Anthony Dowling and nurse coordinator, Jane Staker.
“Jane rates a special mention, she is amazing, but I have nothing but praise for the whole team. From the person who gives you the food, the doctors and the nurses. I never felt like a number, they always made me feel like they cared. It was actually a really beautiful experience having strangers care for you like that,” Souhail said.
Life is certainly looking up for Souhail. He has been in remission for the past few years. Chrystal and Souhail got married in December 2019 and became proud parents to Marlie, who is now 11 months old.
“In a weird way I feel blessed, because I’m alive. It does change your perspective about life. I don’t worry about the small things so much, so I’m probably coping better now than before.”
“I encourage people to sign up for Dry July to support patients being treated for cancer at St Vincent’s. It’s good for your health and it shows you care for others,” Souhail said.
Sign up to do Dry July, create a team or make a donation https://www.dryjuly.com/beneficiaries/stvincentshospitalmelbourne
In 2020, the staff of St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne fundraised an incredible $5,000
The power of a united effort
Staff from St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne 6th Floor created a team for Dry July 2020. Together, the nine team members raised over $5,000. These funds will go towards purchasing much needed items and even a few extra comforts for patients receiving treatment for cancer at St Vincent’s.
2020 was the first year the 6th Floor created a team for Dry July. Leader of the team and Registered Nurse, Kate Gore, gave us an insight into her team’s experiences.
What inspired you to get a team together for Dry July?
Our patients inspired us to get involved. We are a specialised Oncology, Haematology and Palliative Care ward, so our patients benefit greatly from the Dry July campaign. They go through a tough journey during their stay with us, undertaking chemotherapy, stem cell transplants and dealing with their new ‘normal’.
It was lovely to be able to give back to them, to support them, show solidarity and also to get their input into the items they wanted.
How did you raise the funds?
Lauren, one our nurses, is great with technology. She created a QR code poster which was plastered all over our ward, including in the staff toilet!
We also did a lot of campaigning via our private social media accounts, as well asking our friends and family to get involved.
Why do you think other St Vincent departments should consider getting a team together for Dry July?
It takes a lot of resources to care for people living with cancer including prolonged hospital stays away from their loved ones, transport costs and specialised equipment. Our patients rarely complain and show the most inspirational resilience during their stay with us.
I would encourage each department to get together for Dry July. It’s a great thing to do as a team and will allow us to keep giving our patients the outstanding care they deserve.
Why not get a team together to challenge and support each other to do Dry July?
Individuals and workplace teams can sign up at: https://www.dryjuly.com/beneficiaries/stvincentshospitalmelbourne
Your Dry July fundraising will help St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne provide some incredible equipment and comfort items for people affected by cancer
St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne prides itself on providing the very best care and treatment to patients. We treat more than 57,000 patients a year in our world-class Cancer Centre.
The support we receive from Dry July helps us to purchase and update essential equipment and supplies for our cancer patients.
The Cancer Centre Chemotherapy Day Unit provides specialised treatment for up to 28 patients a day, both from the metropolitan and rural areas of Victoria.
The 6th floor Oncology Ward looks after inpatients that need additional care and cancer treatment.
Our fundraising goal this year is a minimum of $50,000. By helping us to reach this goal, we can purchase the following items on our wish list.
2021 Dry July Wishlist:
• Replacement of chairs in the waiting room of the Cancer Centre
• Wi-Fi Blood Pressure Monitor
• Patient Handrail Scale with Automatic BMI Measurement
• 3 x carriers for portable oxygen
• Ear Plugs
• 2 x Kindles and subscription
• Fridge magnets with the contact information for the new Nurse-led Clinic
• Pre-packed toiletry bags
• Newspapers for patients
• Christmas decorations and tress for the Cancer Centre and 6th Floor
• Flowers for the Cancer Centre and 6th Floor
• Tim Tams, Carmen’s muesli bars and T2 Tea
Brendan, a patient of St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne, shares his story
Your Dry July fundraising helps St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne provide optimal comfort and support to their patients undergoing treatment; people like Brendan.
You can watch Brendan's story here: www.dryjuly.com/2020/brendans-story
Sign up to Dry July and support St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne to help more people like Brendan here