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 fund projects and programs that improve the comfort and wellbeing of people affected by cancer.

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

Where the money goes

Dj17 Wellness Programs 500 W
Dj17 Comfort Items 500 W
Dj17 Transport Services 500 W
Dj17 Accommodation Projects 500 W

Dj17 Information Resources 500 W
Dj17 Refurbishments 500 W
Dj17 Hospital Furnishings 500 W
Dj17 Entertainment Items 500 W

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:

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

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Keith's Story

In 2018, Dry July funds raised for Cancer Council NSW will go towards the Lilier Lodge in Wagga Wagga.

Here's how Keith benefited from Lilier Lodge...

“If we didn’t have Cancer Council NSW in the country, we’d have to drive to Sydney for our treatment.”

Keith had to travel from Griffith to Wagga Wagga for his cancer treatment. Thanks to the partnership between Cancer Council NSW and Can Assist, he was able to stay at Lilier Lodge in Wagga to avoid the 200km drive each day.

Being farmers all their lives, Keith and his wife Margaret have had their fair share of tough times. Together they’ve stuck through it all, which Margaret explains, “we had many bad years, but we came out on top in the end.”

When Keith was diagnosed with highly...

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Projects funded from Dry July 2017

Thanks to funds raised from Dry July 2017, Shoalhaven Cancer Care Centre have been able to fund:

- NEW magazines throughout the patient spaces in the Centre

- Children’s Creativity Packs for children accompanying adults to appointments

- 2018: Living Well After Treatment Workshops

- Music delivered via iPad and speaker, while patients undergo Radiation Therapy treatment

- Colour me Calm Mindfulness Resource Kits for Chemotherapy patients

- Welcome to Cancer Services video for patient viewing (in development)

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Projects funded from Dry July 2017

Thanks to funds raised from Dry July 2017, Wollongong Hospital (Illawarra Cancer Care Centre) have been able to fund the following projects:


- NEW magazines throughout the patient spaces in the Illawarra Cancer Care Centre and Cancer Inpatient Ward

- Children’s Creativity Packs for children accompanying adults to appointments

- 2018: Patient and Carer Tai Chi Program

- 2018: Living Well After Treatment Workshops

- Large Pots housing palms outside the Level 2 entrance to the Illawarra Cancer Care Centre

- Music, delivered via iPad and speaker, while patients undergo Radiation Therapy treatment

- Colour me Calm Mindfulness Resource Kits for Chemotherapy patients

- A Hydration Station in the Radiation Therapy patient waiting space (launching...

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Paxman Scalp Cooling Unit for Chris O'Brien Lifehouse

Nurse Unit Manager Lindley Randle from Chris O'Brien Lifehouse's Day Therapy Unit was delighted to be able to purchase a Paxman Scalp Cooling Unit designed to reduce and prevent hair loss during selected chemotherapy treatments. This was made possible through Dry July funding.

For patients who meet the requirements to use the machine and who are distressed by the idea of losing their hair (and ‘looking like someone with cancer’), scalp cooling provides an opportunity to maintain the majority of their hair and to reduce the emotional and psychosocial burden of treatment.

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Living Wall Art at Liverpool CTC

Dry July funding enabled the purchase and installation of light boxes in the radiation oncology ward at Liverpool Cancer Therapy Centre.

These installations are meant to make the bunkers feel more inviting, and help distract patients from what they're there for - treating their cancer.

A couple of patients were noticed admiring the radiation bay wall light box and said: "It’s beautiful, very colourful and fun." "Lovely! They also had one where I was being treated, up on the ceiling and it was great! [This one is] great, big and colourful and brightens up the hallway.

So far everyone’s been walking away with big smiles.

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Patient Transport Vehicle for Brisbane Patients

Every year the Leukaemia Foundation helps more than 750 families from regional and rural Australia by providing free accommodation and transport in capital cities so they can access life-saving treatment for blood cancer.

Our patient transport vehicles, driven by trained volunteers, help thousands get to and from medical appointments, covering more than one million kilometres each year. This means that patients whose immune systems are often too weak to take public transport or a taxi can rely on friendly, on-time drivers to deliver them to treatment and back home again, safe and sound.

For the Livara family of five from Blackwater in Central Queensland, having these services available means the family can worry less about practical...

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PCFA Receives a Dry July Foundation Grant

The Dry July Foundation was pleased to award Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) a grant in 2017 towards the Prostate Cancer Specialist Nursing (PCSN) program.

Prostate cancer is too frightening to face alone. Our expert nurses provide coordinated support throughout the entire prostate cancer journey; taking into account physical, emotional, psychological and social needs of men and their families.

Patients often tell PCFA that they need "an opportunity to talk through [their] diagnosis beyond what is available in a standard 15-minute consult with a urologist". Specialist nurses can help patients and their families to understand their diagnosis, what to expect and connect them with services to address the challenges that they...

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Lodges Provide Life-saving Assistance

In 2004, Mount Gambier resident Dave Platt’s life changed forever when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. The cancer had spread to his lymph glands and up into his seminal tubes and the doctors told him that if nothing was done, he would probably die in six months.

“When I went to get my results and the specialist told me the news, I just could not believe what had happened. I was so gobsmacked I sat in my car and cried for an hour,” he explains.

Dave had his prostate, lymph glands and seminal tube removed and began seven weeks of radiotherapy at St Andrew’s Hospital. Throughout his treatment, Dave stayed at the Cancer Council Lodges.

“I think that the best thing about staying at the lodges was that it was self-contained and if we...

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Exercise Therapy at Barwon Health

Warrnambool resident Tony always considered himself fit and healthy, so he wasn’t concerned when he started experiencing unexplained tiredness and blood in his urine. His son, however, was not happy with this assumption and urged Tony to see his GP.

After a number for tests and specialist appointments, the 65-year-old was called into the clinic to meet with his doctor.

“As soon as I looked at her, I felt a shiver down my spine,” he said.

“She sat me down and said I had Acute Leukaemia. You could have knocked me down with a feather.

“She told me with about two months of chemo I had about a 40 per cent chance of remission.”

However, all Tony could think about was his family.

“I just didn’t know how to deal with this,” he said.

“I thought to...

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