Helping people affected by cancer

Thanks to the incredible fundraising efforts of our Dry July participants every year, the Dry July Foundation is able to help local and national cancer support organisations across Australia deliver practical, tangible support services for people affected by cancer.

Everything we fund is to benefit cancer patients, their families and carers, aiming to make a difficult time, a little easier for people affected by cancer.

A shoulder to lean on. A comforting voice. A place to relax. This is why we Dry July.

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Where the money goes

Male cancer support worker on the phone, smiling
Information and Support Services

McGrath Foundation breast care nurse and a patient
Specialist Cancer Nurses

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Wellness Programs

Brown chemotherapy chairs in a cancer centre
Cancer Centre Improvements

Cancer Council car outside Cancer Council Tasmania building
Accommodation and Transport

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Comfort and Support Items

Organisations we support

The Dry July Foundation is proud to support numerous cancer organisations across Australia.

Some of the organisations who benefit from our fundraising include:

Bowel Cancer Australia logo

Cancer Council logo

McGrath Foundation logo

Ovarian Cancer Australia logo

Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia logo

To see the full list of cancer support organisations we fund, please click here.

Victoria's story

Victoria's personal journey with ovarian cancer began in May 2020 when, at 59 years old, she was confronted with the diagnosis of stage 3C high-grade serous ovarian cancer. This initiated a tumultuous period characterised by major debulking surgery and weekly chemotherapy sessions over seven months.

Before her diagnosis, Victoria experienced subtle symptoms like back pain and changes in bowel & bladder habits. It took approximately eight months of consultations with medical professionals before she received a definitive answer.

After some mild pelvic pain, her doctor sent her for a transvaginal and pelvic ultrasound that found a large tumour on her right ovary. After a PET scan, laparoscopy, and biopsies, it was confirmed that the...

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A Place to Call Home: How Cancer Wellness Support Kept Us in the Blue Mountains

Before discovering Cancer Wellness Support, Lee Pittman (client) and Rob Pittman (carer) had been preparing to leave their beloved Blue Mountains for Sydney, seeking cancer support services. However, the personalised individual therapies, the support of the Metastatic Support Group, the tailored programs, and the genuine warmth and care of the Cancer Wellness Support community have been so extraordinary that they have decided to remain in the Blue Mountains.

In July 2007, Lee received a life-changing diagnosis of breast cancer. Little did she know that over a decade later, in May 2020, she would face another daunting diagnosis - metastatic breast cancer, now in her bones.

Cancer is not a stranger to Lee's family. Her father (now...

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Deanna's story

Deanna Keogh has nursed aged care and palliative patients at Bendigo Health’s for 45 years. Dea accidently came into palliative care nursing when Bendigo Health established its first hospice at the aged care facility she was then working in, “I knew in my gut it would be a wonderful opportunity when I was asked to work in end of life care, unlike many other staff who ran for the hills! I had recently lost my mother and found it quite cathartic after her death”.

25 years later, Dea continues to provide the quality of care for which she and her colleagues are renowned.

“It is our patients that are always in our thoughts, their families too. We remember many special people who have stories to tell, examples of great bravery, generosity and...

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Janna's story

I’m Janna, and I’m the Programs Officer for Arrow.

I look after our patient support program that helps bone marrow transplant patients and their families manage all the extra costs they have to juggle during treatment. This could be providing a grocery or petrol gift card, paying a household bill, or help covering the cost of temporary accommodation while they are away from home for treatment.

The patients we help are really unwell. Many of them are facing blood cancer, and it’s a tough disease to beat. People often get a diagnosis one day and can sometimes be in hospital starting treatment the next. It’s a huge and sudden disruption to their lives that no one is ever prepared for. Your whole life is turned on its head, and you don’t...

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Emily’s Story

Emily was 26 years old when she first noticed a lump in her left breast. After initially assuming it would just go away, she eventually went to her GP, who sent her for an ultrasound. A Stage 3B Breast Cancer diagnosis followed, as did 16 rounds of chemotherapy, a bilateral mastectomy, and five weeks of radiation therapy.

Around a year later, Emily received the heartbreaking news that her cancer had returned and had now metastasised to her bones.

“I was angry that I had done everything they had thrown at me, and I’d powered through it all for the last two years only to be told it hadn’t worked” explained Emily.

Emily says she copes by trying to turn negative experiences into positive thoughts and having the opportunity to do something...

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Equipping Flinders Infusion Suite with essential ultrasound machine

Dry July isn't just about giving up alcohol for a month, it’s about making a meaningful impact in the lives of those affected by cancer. This year, Flinders Foundation is asking Dry July participants to help contribute to enhancing the care and comfort of cancer patients in the Flinders Infusion Suite.

Imagine undergoing chemotherapy and facing the added stress of multiple attempts at vein access. This is where your support comes in. By going dry this July, you can help fund an essential handheld ultrasound machine, specifically designed to assist with difficult venous access.

“This technology will make the vein location process much smoother, reducing patient anxiety, discomfort, and the need for multiple cannulation attempts,” says...

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George and Sarah's Story

Meet George and Sarah, a couple whose journey through cancer diagnoses and treatments exemplifies resilience and support in the face of adversity.

It all began with George, noticing alarming symptoms during a leisurely game of golf—rapid weight loss, fatigue, and dizzy spells. Initially brushing them off as minor inconveniences, he couldn't ignore the severity when black stools appeared. Prompted by concern, George's condition deteriorated over the Easter weekend, leading to a visit to the hospital emergency room. There, he received the sobering news of a stomach mass but was sent home with instructions to follow up with his GP for further evaluation. With a history of testicular and bladder cancer, his cancer should have been a flag for...

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Michael’s Dream

Michael, 61 is living with advanced cancer. After finding out about what Dreams2Live4 can do to help adults living with advanced cancer he wrote a beautiful handwritten letter explaining what his dream was,

“My only son Nicholas is due to get married next Friday in Sydney, and this is the one thing that has kept me going knowing that my son’s wedding was so close. My family are the most important thing to me on this planet, and I have drawn strength knowing my son’s wedding is on next week. I love all my family …and I’m very humbled that Dreams2Live4 have considered my request to allow me to spend this valuable time with my son and family on this special day.”

Michael needed medical transportation to get him to and from the Central Coast...

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Christine's Story

Meet Christine Wells. Christine is one of Our House's most frequent guests, staying at Our House 32 times during its 11-year existence.Christine's first visit was with her husband, John. Christine and John live in Tenterfield; when a doctor diagnosed John in Tugun, he was sent to Lismore for treatment in 2009. Our House wasn't built when John's first treatment started; he was housed in Hospital accommodation on Laurel Ave. They watched Our House being built.

Christine and John's first visit was in 2013, and they have stayed 32 times since then during John's treatment and through his many operations.Sadly, John passed last year to pneumonia.

"We named Our House our second home", Christine said.

"We have stayed in every room except room 1....

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