“Cancer arrived and every creative fibre in Angie’s body left”
Meet Angie, a powerfully positive mum of two daughters, who couldn’t believe cancer had happened to her. Cancer was not in her family genes - in fact Angie used to joke with her daughters about how beautiful the genes were that she had passed down to them, right down to their perfectly-shaped eyebrows. Now, because of her treatment, Angie no longer has eyebrows.
In 2013, Angie was diagnosed with Breast Cancer and commenced her after which she was given the all clear later that year. She was done, she had beaten it, and left as a healthy, happy woman with a new lease on life.
However, in February 2016, Angie became ill overnight and a CT scan revealed her cancer had returned...
An integral part of the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse complementary therapy program, Arterie supports a holistic approach to cancer patient care through an innovative participatory arts program. Arterie’s mission is to improve outcomes for patients, families, carers, staff and visitors by easing the side effects of cancer and its treatment as well as providing a therapeutic distraction from treatment through art engagement and participation.
Dry July has helped with funding the Artist in Residence program at Arterie. The current program consists of the following:
9 Day residency over 3 weeks making a variety of art forms
• August 2016 - Mary Burgess Weaver - ‘The Joy of Silk’
• October 2016 - Penelope McKweown + Annabel Mason, Sculptors,
Part of the complementary therapy program at Chris O'Brien Lifehouse, the current Arterie 'Carterie' program consists of the following:
• Mobile Art and Craft studio - Delivered Tuesday Wednesday Thursday to wards and waiting areas. Each day between 1-5 Carteries are in use (volunteer dependent)
• Arterie provides approx 45 volunteers per month to the Lifehouse Program
• All Carterists are trained artists - with formal qualifications in art, design, art therapy, social science etc.
• Various art and craft packages are on board the cart and prepared by volunteer ‘pit-crew’
• Projects vary from traditional textile crafts such as embroidery and knitting to collage, colouring-in and assemblage
• All members of the Lifehouse community from...
Thanks to your support through Dry July’s generous donation, Mater has been able to provide the very best in comprehensive and integrated healthcare for people living with cancer.
You have enabled Mater to provide a specialised Music Therapy Program for some of the 5900 people who come to Mater for cancer treatment each year.
Mater Cancer Care Music Therapy Program :A reality thanks to Dry July’s gift.
It has only been with your wonderful support that Mater was able to introduce a brand new Music Therapy Program to the Mater Cancer Care Centre in 2015. The program, which involves one on one sessions between patients and therapists, was hugely successful in the first year, being well received by patients, families and staff alike.
Dry July has provided funding toward the upgrade to the centre. Scott, a brain cancer survivor endorses the centre:
“The clinicians and support staff at the Andrew Love Cancer Centre have all been great. Their support has helped me get through a very tough time. They are always checking in on me and making sure my treatment is going well. This redevelopment will make a big difference to patients just like me, but also all the staff there.”
Scott is currently undergoing 12 months of chemotherapy through the Andrew Love Cancer Centre and has regular meetings and appointments with support staff clinicians, including Professor David Ashley.
“My focus right now is on my health for the sake of my family, and I'm confident I can keep fighting...
Dry July funding is making a difference to the lives of patients at Kinghorn Cancer Centre in Sydney.
Here is some feedback from the wellness programs:
“Being a pensioner and with many medical & travel expenses I could have never afforded to experience these programs, if they cost me to join. Having the opportunity to be around likeminded people in this environment where I can learn things that will help me on my journey, is fantastic. I feel very lucky and very grateful, Thank you” – J. N –patient
“I would like to convey appreciation for the extremely relaxing and informing group sessions at the Kinghorn, as I look forward to a continuation and broadening of this experience as I journey through your sessions.
Over a long period of...
Now in its fifth year, 2017, Central Coast Local Health District’s CoastCanCare Wellness Program continues to go from strength to strength with the support of the Dry July Foundation and the generosity of the public that nominate CoastCanCare as their beneficiary.
The Program provides information and practical tools and support to promote wellness for adult cancer patients in our local community. The Program also allows for a patient’s carer or family member to attend sessions and this has proved to be invaluable for the ongoing treatment and care of the patient.
CoastCanCare sessions provide advice on nutrition, psychosocial and physical care, distraction therapies such as meditation and mindfulness and occupational activities such as...
As part of the #Projectlove - Andrew Love Cancer Centre Redevelopment, the Barwon Health Foundation team along with Day Ward and Pharmacy staff input, have taken the first steps of commencing the project and construction through initial concept plan development.
The redevelopment will dramatically change the efficiency and atmosphere of the Chemotherapy Day Ward.
Project Love is to be fully funded by the community, and the funds from Dry July will provide more privacy and comfort for those treated at the Andrew Love Cancer Centre.
- More privacy and space for patients in the Day Ward
- A more comfortable, efficient and modern Day Ward
- More efficient facilities in the Oncology Pharmacy to support the continued growth in...