Siobhan was just 14 years old when she was first diagnosed with blood cancer in 2015.
“I was a fit, healthy teenager with a few bad bruises and a couple of bloody noses,” said the now 19-year-old. “A blood test and one phone call later and my life changed completely.”
Siobhan and her family stayed at a Leukaemia Foundation Patient Accommodation Village while she received life-saving treatment.
“My first diagnosis was really hard. I didn’t want to talk to anyone and felt so embarrassed and ashamed of my illness,” remembers Siobhan.
“I wouldn’t leave the room for anything until my mum convinced me one day to go down to see the Leukaemia Foundation support staff in the office.
“I was introduced to Maryanne, a Blood Cancer Support...
Thanks to the incredible fundraising efforts of Dry July 2020 participants, Mummy's Wish are planning to introduce Cancer Care Co-Ordinators and Care Packs to help Mums living with cancer.
- Cancer Care Co-Ordinators
Around 130,000 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in Australia this year and of these cases over 5000 will be mums with young children aged 12 years and under. That means every day 13 families in Australia will have their lives turned upside down when mum is diagnosed with cancer. A cancer diagnosis can have a significant impact on many lives and communities.
- Care Packs for 1000 Mums with cancer
Packs provide comfort and support to Mums and their families and are posted to all the mums Mummy's Wish supports and include the...
Your fundraising for Dry July has enabled the ONJ Centre to support the continuation of our Exercise Wellness Program, Oncology Massage, music therapy, and our vital Cancer Information and Resource service.
Every day we hear from patients who have participated in one of the programs, and their comments are always extremely positive.
Lori Crupi was diagnosed with Myelodysplastic Syndrome in 2016. Lori’s Crupi’s world became one of chemotherapy, immunotherapy and weekly blood transfusions. Unfortunately, Lori’s treatment stopped being effective and she was left with one last option to save her life – a stem cell transplant. A drastic treatment where all the bone marrow cells in her body had to be destroyed and replaced with healthy donor...
Your fundraising for Dry July has enabled The Alfred to continue the Music Therapy Program for cancer patients.
The Alfred Hospital has received beautiful feedback on this program and seen firsthand that it improves the patient experience, reduces anxiety and offers experiences of joy during such a stressful time.
It is so important that we give patients an outlet to cope with the many emotions they will be dealing with throughout treatment and care and Music Therapy Research shows that music can positively impact physiological responses, like blood pressure and breathing rate; and we also know that music can change how people are feeling, and even change the environment we are in.
Your Dry July fundraising will be helping the McGrath Foundation fund 8 McGrath Breast Care Nurses, who care and support families experiencing breast cancer.
Rochelle Osgood, a McGrath Breast Care Nurse reflects on the importance of her role, “The most important thing I do for my patients and their families is be someone who can advocate for the client, provide relevant and accurate information through education and emotional support. As well as be a point of contact either at the other end of the phone or in person.”
Dry Julyers, thank you for your support in improving the lives of people affected by breast cancer.
Your Dry July fundraising has enabled all patients of the North West Cancer Centre to access FREE accommodation and transport to treatment services while undergoing their treatment.
When Inala House is at capacity the North West Cancer Centre sources, books and pays for other accommodation facilities on their behalf so that these patients are not disadvantaged due to the financial costs involved.
The four transport to treatment services that run out of Tamworth, Armidale and Narrabri continue to be highly utilised and your fundraising money will continue to allow these services to be provided free of charge to those who need them.
This service wouldn't be possible without you, Dry Julyers - you should be so proud.
Your fundraising for Dry July has enabled Chris O’Brien Lifehouse to purchase a scalp cooling system to help prevent hair loss during treatment, charging stations so families can stay connected, and vital physiotherapy equipment to help patients on the road to recovery.
They have also been able to continue their inpatient complementary therapy program, allowing patients to experience the healing benefits of reflexology and massage from the comfort and privacy of their own room.
Your fundraising for Dry July has enabled Ballarat Health Services Foundation to support the many wonderful programs that are on offer to cancer patients at BRICC Wellness Centre.
The centre provides numerous complimentary programs to mentally and physically enable patients to continue on their journey offering massage, relaxation, mindfulness, shiatsu therapy, bra and breast form fittings, financial advice, support groups, yoga, meditation, art, music and the Delta Dog program. The space itself is calm, nurturing and offers comfortable seating, a warm space, refreshments and fresh fruit for all of it’s visitors from Ballarat and the wider region.
The BRICC Wellness Centre has become an important part of the patients experience while...
Thanks to your Dry July fundraising efforts and dedication to the cause, thousands of cancer patients across Australia will have the opportunity to benefit from our workshops and Home-Delivered Confidence Kits over the next 12 months.
For 30 years, Look Good Feel Better has been helping Australians face cancer with confidence through more than just makeup. As past participant Karen said;
"My deep and sincere gratitude goes to the amazing team who provided our workshop. Volunteers and patients alike all got along and we shared many laughs.
I have to say it was great being in a place where we all undergo treatment of some sort but none of us felt like patients. There was no pity party, only lovely proactive conversation.
My heart went out...