Like most people diagnosed with cancer, life changed instantly for Sharon when she was told she had Acute Myeloid Leukaemia last December.
Her diagnosis came after she wasn't feeling well and decided to visit the doctor.
"I don't like needles, you see, but I knew something wasn't right and decided to go to the doctor," Sharon explained. "That day I had my first ever blood test, then a few days later I found out I had cancer."
Sharon's road to recovery has not been easy but she found some comfort in a quiet space during her long stays at Fiona Stanley Hospital (FSH).
Over the past two years, Dry July fundraising for the FSH cancer services have provided an upgrade to the ward patient lounge rooms including the installation of beverage...
“Cancer arrived and every creative fibre in Angie’s body left”
Meet Angie, a powerfully positive mum of two daughters, who couldn’t believe cancer had happened to her. Cancer was not in her family genes - in fact Angie used to joke with her daughters about how beautiful the genes were that she had passed down to them, right down to their perfectly-shaped eyebrows. Now, because of her treatment, Angie no longer has eyebrows.
In 2013, Angie was diagnosed with Breast Cancer and commenced her after which she was given the all clear later that year. She was done, she had beaten it, and left as a healthy, happy woman with a new lease on life.
However, in February 2016, Angie became ill overnight and a CT scan revealed her cancer had returned...
According to long time Carnarvon resident Garfield Bissett, our Milroy Lodge in Perth is a piece of ‘heaven’.
The 67 year old who describes himself as an old ‘bushie’ from way back has been living at Milroy Lodge since April last year following a bowel cancer diagnosis. Milroy is one of two Cancer Council WA Lodges providing accommodation for country cancer patients who need to re-locate to Perth for treatment.
“You’ve got no idea what this place means to so many of us,” he said. “It’s unbelievable what the staff and volunteers do for you,” he said.
Garfield said he was particularly appreciative of the efforts of our Cancer Support Co-ordinator at the Lodge, Karen, who arranged to transport his car to Perth which he described as a ‘...
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.
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...
An integral part of the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse complementary therapy program, Arterie supports a holistic approach to cancer patient care through an innovative participatory arts program. Arterie’s mission is to improve outcomes for patients, families, carers, staff and visitors by easing the side effects of cancer and its treatment as well as providing a therapeutic distraction from treatment through art engagement and participation.
Dry July has helped with funding the Artist in Residence program at Arterie. The current 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,