Megan Barker remembers well the moment she was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer at the age of 43 years.
With her husband working away in Cape York and two children aged 14 and 11 it was very important for Megan that she was able to undergo her treatment at the Liz Plummer Centre at Cairns Hospital. Previously patients have had to travel south to Townsville and Brisbane for their treatment.
“I have had 7 months of chemo, 12 months of targeted treatment and 6 weeks of radiation so I feel very fortunate that I was able to have all my treatment locally at this amazing centre. Everything is in the one spot and it is gold standard all the way”.
Dry July has donated over a hundred thousand dollars to Cancer services in Far North Queensland...
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 funding has delivered a comfortable environment for patients and their supporters attending the new Wellness Centre at Burnie Hospital.
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...
The Gold Coast Hospital Foundation have put Dry July funds towards their cancer patient transport service.
This service helps hundreds of patients get to and from their home to hospital for cancer treatment.
Making more than 10,000 trips every year, this service is vital for cancer patients who live alone, have no family or friends to assist them, or cannot travel by themselves as their exhausting cancer treatment takes its physical and emotional toll.
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...
Cancer Council Western Australia's Crawford Lodge Lodges provide a comfortable home away from home for regional patients and their carers that come to Perth to access treatment.
Dry July has funded $100k towards refurbishment of Crawford Lodge to convert a meeting room into accommodation, to provide more space and availability for patients.
The team are working on the design and delivery of this project which will commence shortly.
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...