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St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney is a leading provider of cancer care for patients across New South Wales.

Support us today to help us raise money to sustain wellbeing and hardship programs for our cancer patients.

With your support St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney will be able to continue to provide wellbeing programs for our patients having their cancer treatment at The Kinghorn Cancer Centre.

Comprehensive on-site group programs such as art therapy, meditation and mindfulness, Yoga therapy and healthy lifestyle programs have been shown to support patient’s physical and mental wellbeing and recovery, at all stages of their treatment.

This year, your support will also allow St Vincent’s haematology inpatients to access free wellness therapies during their hospital stay, including bedside art therapy, music therapy and reflexology.

These therapies provide enormous support and provide a distraction from the many days and weeks spent in the ward, as a result of a blood cancer diagnosis and treatment.

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Your Dry July fundraising helps St Vincent's Hospital Sydney support people like Ulrike

"I immensely enjoyed the free group programs at the Kinghorn Cancer Centre made possible by Dry July fundraising.

They were a gift sent from heaven during a very tough time of treatment including chemotherapy, radiation therapy and several surgeries. They not only provided a diversion from the tough treatment but also equipped me with techniques to reduce my anxiety and improve my sleep, and allowed me to see the possibility of a future. Indeed, they greatly contributed to getting me back, mentally and physically, to a state where I could function again for my two little children.

The programs also connected me to other people who were faced with the same difficulties and tough decisions. Suddenly I was not alone anymore and was able to share my experiences and learn from others. After each session, I was already looking forward to the next one, and I was able to practise at home from what I learned in the classes.

I'm very certain that the meditation, yoga and art therapy classes had an enormous beneficial effect on my treatment recovery.

Thank you St Vincent’s Hospital and Dry July.”

St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney receives an additional grant from the Dry July Foundation

We're pleased to announce that St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney has received an additional grant from the Dry July Foundation October grant round.

This grant will enable Group Wellbeing Programs at Kinghorn Cancer Centre, offering free group education and support group programs to patients and their loved ones.

These include meditation and mindfulness, art therapy and yoga therapy.

Dry July Foundation assists with entertainment items, and group wellbeing programs at St Vincent's Hospital Sydney

Thanks to funds raised in 2019, the Dry July Foundation have been able to fund the following projects at St Vincent's Hospital Sydney:

• BMT Ward Family Room & Wellbeing Programs - Purchase of iPads, gaming consoles plus various group sessions (meditation/art therapy/massage and reflexology)

• Group Wellbeing Programs in 2020 - 2 x 8 week Meditation and Mindfulness programs; 8 x Art Therapy 2 hour workshops and 3 x 6 week Yoga programs.

• Lymphoedema Management - Lymphoedema drainage massage therapist

Patient Update: Rob's Story

Rob was diagnosed with throat cancer in 1998 and underwent surgery and radiotherapy the same year. Since then, Rob has used a feeding tube, attached to his stomach via a pump which he carries around with him in a backpack. He has not let this hinder his ability to get in to the great outdoors, making sure all his supplies are mobile to suit his active lifestyle. His cancer reoccurred in 2018 and he has been back at The Kinghorn Cancer Centre on a regular basis for further treatment. 

Rob has enjoyed attending the Wellness Centre’s Dry July free patient programs, as he finds them to be extremely beneficial in helping him through his treatment – physically and emotionally. He has experienced oncology massage and reflexology, and has taken part in our Art Therapy and Meditation & Mindfulness group programs. 

He has particularly enjoyed attending the monthly Art Therapy workshops, commenting “it has been a special time for me to be in a group of people who have gone through diagnosis and treatment. Even if we haven't all experienced the exact same things, it's the closest we will get to connecting with others through a shared experience. And it's very different to meeting people on the wards or during chemo, etc. because there aren't family members or friends around so it's okay to let your guard down which is something I almost never do but is SO important.”

Art Therapy at TKCC

July's Art Therapy group, provided free of charge to cancer patients at The Kinghorn Cancer Centre thanks to a 2018 grant from Dry July Foundation, explored the theme of "Riding the Rollercoaster - managing the ups and downs of the cancer experience". 

The incredible Art Therapist, Fiona, facilitated the discussion in small groups, inviting the participants to reflect on their own cancer journey and share aspects of that. The up times, the down times, the pauses in between. 

One participant commented on all the strong scaffolding in the rollercoaster image. She used this symbolism as a way to share her very positive experience as a patient at St Vincent's Hospital. She talked about the professionalism and incredible care that she had experienced from all the staff, including the cleaners, nursing staff, and doctors. This had meant a great deal to her as a patient. 

This process was all about emphasising the importance of emotional self-care. That is, acknowledging what's hard and providing a nurturing place for those experiences/feelings to be seen and soothed, so that people can move forward. 

The art therapy groups at TKCC are a safe and creative space where cancer patients can be themselves and uncover new strengths and resilience. They are run each month in The Kinghorn Cancer Centre, free of charge to patients.

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