Looking after someone with cancer can be challenging, but also rewarding. Many people are balancing this valuable role with other demands such as work, family or study and it’s common to feel unprepared and unsure of where to go for information and support.
Thanks Dry July participants funding, we were able to host a free webinar during National Carers Week in October to help carers find out how they can better manage their own wellbeing, while providing the best support to the person they are caring for.
Webinar presenters included Hamish, whose dad was diagnosed with cancer when he was 26.
“Our whole life turned upside down and nobody prepares you for how to handle that. We needed to support dad and help him regain control of his life....
Funds raised from Dry July directly benefit many Tasmanians impacted by cancer.
Dry July funds have continued to provide safe and reliable vehicles for use in Cancer Council Tasmania’s Transport to Treatment Program (t2t) across the state, helping a large number of people get to their cancer treatment appointments each year.
One person who has seen the benefits of this service in a number of ways is volunteer driver John McClea.
When John’s wife was suffering lung cancer, he was unable to drive her to treatment due to the demands of running his small business; making it difficult for him to get away. Prior to her death from lung cancer, John’s wife utilised the t2t program to find transport to her treatment appointments.
“The service was...
We’ve helped ease the burden for country South Australians having cancer treatment.
For someone living in country South Australia, the challenge of having cancer treatment in Adelaide may be overwhelming and some may be less likely to undertake or complete treatment, than people living in the city.
Cancer Council Lodge provides these people with supportive and affordable accommodation while they are undergoing cancer treatment in Adelaide.
The Dry July Foundation supporters have proudly provided Cancer Council Lodge with over $242,200 over the past two years. This has helped to refurbish the dining rooms in both lodges with furniture and refurbished over 15 rooms.
Cancer Council Lodge has made a big difference to real people
For John and...
As a young single mum of 4 children, Michelle was not prepared for her diagnosis of breast cancer in late 2015. Fortunately her friend was aware of Cancer Council NT information and support services so Michelle was able to come and speak with one of our nurses the same day she was diagnosed.
Over the next 2 years, Michelle was able to access a number of our services and programs including our wig program, Cancer Information Group, specialist counselling and Yoga program. She was also able to tap into other community supports for both herself and her children.
One of our amazing volunteers, Tracy Tran, knows all too well the need and benefit of our Parramatta community centre.
When Tracy went through her own cancer diagnosis, she accessed Cancer Council NSW’s services for information and support. Now, between running a business, being a mother and keeping up with her yoga, Tracy volunteers at the Parramatta community centre and facilitates the Chemo Patient Talks for patients and carers at Westmead Hospital each week. She says that people are always grateful of the work they do and the free information packs they are able to provide.
“I was so appreciative of the support and information given to me by the Cancer Council that I couldn’t say no to the opportunity to give back and help people...
Meet Susan Hale – a vibrant, bubbly 72 year old with an irresistible smile and laugh who lives life to the fullest.
Just 12 months ago, Sue was diagnosed with lung, liver and bone cancer with a prognosis of just three to six months. Determined to win the fight for as long as she can, Sue with the wonderful support of her husband of 51 years, Barry, has ticked most items off her bucket list and held a birthday event last November for all her three children, eight grandchildren and many friends. Sue is determined to make a holiday with friends in September followed by a family wedding in February.
“It was a blur being diagnosed and it blindsided my family and I. But the staff and volunteers here at Blacktown have made the process easier...
I am a wife, mother, daughter, sister, daughter in law, and friend.
Before cancer, my life revolved around friends and family.
My family is incredible. My husband and children are my rock. My husband has his own business and works so hard at this.
I’m incredibly proud of my two sons. My eldest is in his 3rd year of university, he is very clever; he is studying Construction Management at UWS, and has a cadetship with a building company. And my youngest is in his final year (Year 12) at St Patrick’s College, Strathfield; I’m very much looking forward to seeing him graduate.
It was nine and a half years ago that I was first diagnosed with cancer. I was totally devastated, shocked and took it very hard.
I underwent a lumpectomy and six forms...
The 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,
‘The Happenstance Journey’
• December 2016 - Michael Bogle - Book binding
• February 2017 Lynne Sung - Paper artist ‘The Reef’
• April 2017 Helen Gauchat - Painter - Landscape acrylic painting
• June 2017 - Ro Murray
• AIR sit in the foyer of Lifehouse - its a high public and traffic area -
with a performative nature of the art process. Most artists work
slower than they imagine end work in their own time on the project
that in most instances is gifted to the hospital.
The 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
• 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
• Projects vary from traditional textile crafts such as embroidery and knitting to
collage, colouring-in and assemblage
• All members of the Lifehouse community from patients, staff, volunteers and
carers are welcome to participate.
• Projects are often installed in...