My little family immigrated to Australia five years ago from Johannesburg. My husband, two beautiful girls - aged 8 and 7 - and I love our life in Sydney and we spend our time exploring its beaches, restaurants, museums and cafes. We enjoy a healthy, outdoor lifestyle as much as possible.
When my doctor discovered a lump during a routine yearly check-up, it was the last thing I had expected. I had a good fitness regime, I was feeling really healthy and was getting stronger and fitter - I never got sick. An ultrasound led to a mammogram, which led to a biopsy, which came back as a cancer diagnosis. I was shocked and scared – how could I have breast cancer at 34 years of age? With no family history?
I had surgery and it was considered a...
We’re delighted to announce the 43 cancer support organisations who are the recipients of this year’s Dry July Foundation Grant Program. The Grant Program is made possible through funds raised during the 2017 Dry July campaign.
Of the 19,000 Dry July participants in 2017, 13,600 chose to directly support the Dry July Foundation, meaning their fundraising was allocated to the Grant Program in their nominated state.
The Dry July Foundation then invited cancer support organisations across Australia to submit applications to benefit from these funds. Each application was capped at $50,000, however organisations can apply for more than one project. We received applications for 118 projects, and with $2 million available in the Grant Program,...
Dry July has funded new chemotherapy chairs at Prince of Wales Hospital.
Steph, who was treated at Prince of Wales, and has since finished her treatment, was very appreciative of the new and more comfortable chemotherapy chairs...
“Theses chairs are so much more comfy than the old ones and even better – each chair has a view outside and is easy to charge device from the chair so I was able to keep up with my studies and with friends even while I was getting my treatment”.
Thanks to Dry July, the Andrew Love Cancer Centre in Geelong has been able to offer expressive art classes as part of the Supportive Care Centre. Patient feedback on these sessions has been very positive.
“I came in feeling heavy & we are leaving feeling lighter because of the art therapy”
“The session has opened my thinking, making me look at the situation in a different and more positive way.”
“The class has allowed me to share with others and helped me with ways to deal with things”.
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.
In 2017, Mater urgently needed to replace a suite of pain management pumps that were reaching the end of their seven-year lifespan and were being retired. We have successfully done so, thanks to Dry July.
In September 2017 you provided Mater with $23,880 to purchase NIKI T34 Pain Pumps to provide readily available and effective pain management treatment for oncology and palliative care patients.
Thank you so much for your incredible support.
Pain pumps, or ambulatory syringe drivers, are simple to use and a reliable way for patients to control their own pain...
I have had the opportunity to work closely with the Physiotherapy Assistant on the Oncology ward. The program has allowed me try things I thought I wouldn’t be able to do, knowing she was there to support me and guide me through the program. She was able to spend time with me to extend on exercises, allow me extra mobility practice and other therapeutic techniques such as yoga breathing and mindfulness strategies to gain confidence in my own abilities. I have appreciated her hard work, patience and knowledge. She is confident in her interactions and I have enjoyed working with her on a personal level.
Dry July funding comprised part of the $2 million cost of recent refurbishments at these Perth based lodges, facilitating stays by an additional 340 country cancer patients each year.The refurbishments have created an additional nine guest rooms, six at Crawford and three at Milroy, including the brand new family unit which can accommodate a family of six. Each suite has an ensuite bathroom, bedside table and lamps, lounge or arm chair, table and two chairs, tea/coffee making facilities, refrigerator, telephone, television and clothes storage.
Alongside the addition of guest rooms, at Crawford Lodge we have taken the opportunity to create an additional communal kitchen with an outdoor decking area, new laundry facilities and installed a...
The patients on 5FS, Peninsula Health's Oncology and Haematology Ward at Frankston Hospital now has access to specialist massages thanks to the Dry July Foundation. McCrae local Ronald Carter who has blood cancer, says the massages have helped offset the side effects of his treatment.
A guide to support services for Victorians affected by cancer.
Finding the right support when they need it most is important to the overall wellbeing of cancer patients, families and carers as they manage the news of a diagnosis, treatment and life after cancer.
The Cancer Services guide can help cancer patients, and their friends and family find support services that suits situation.
Including over 470 services, any one, with any cancer, at any stage can find something useful in this guide.
Cancer Council Victoria has released a new Cancer Services Guide, thanks to Dry July funding.