How We Help

When you're diagnosed with cancer, it's hard to find the time or energy to think about anything other than treating the cancer. Dry July raises money to ease that burden, reduce stress and add a bit of comfort for those affected by cancer.

Everything we fund is to benefit the cancer patient and their families and carers. We aim to make a difficult time, a little easier for those affected by cancer.

To see the full list of cancer support organisations we fund, please click here.

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Wellness Plant Giving Program at Liverpool Hospital

The Wellness Plant Giving Program is a innovative project that will provide Liverpool Cancer Services patients with a plant symbolising their wellbeing at the end of their treatment, as well as offer fresh produce for the Wellness Centre's cooking courses. The giving program is made possible through a grant award from the Dry July Foundation in 2015, which will be used to purchase all the tools, soil, seedlings and education required to kick-start the program.

Plants will be grown from cuttings and seedlings in a greenhouse in the Wellness Centre (at Liverpool Cancer Therapy Centre) in the outdoor area maintained by patients and staff. A Horticulturist will educate patients and staff on how to grow from seedlings, cuttings, fertilizing...

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Wellness Therapies at Liverpool Cancer Therapy Centre

Liverpool'sWellness Centre programs support adult cancer survivors and carers by offering a variety of activities to benefit individual needs. Funding from the 2015 Dry July Grant Program will enable the Centre to continue to offer courses such as yoga, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, and massage, following a successful pilot program.

All of these programs serve as complementary therapies and exercises to conventional cancer treatment, and can help with strengthening and flexibility as well as reducing anxiety, pain, and fatigue.

These programs at the Liverpool Cancer Therapy Wellness Centre rely entirely on community support for funding.

UPDATE: Some of the feedback received from patients attending the programs includes:

“The art session is very...

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Mindfulness Programs in Regional Queensland

Evidence from Cancer Council Queensland’s (CCQ) mindfulness research shows that people who receive training in mindfulness skills often experience less anxiety about their diagnosis and are better equipped to manage cancer-related challenges. Dry July Foundation grant funding from 2015 will allow CCQ's Cancer Counselling team to deliver half day mindfulness programs to over 100 participants living in regional and rural Queensland. Many of these people, due to geographical, medical or other reasons, would not have otherwise been able to access these workshops.

UPDATE: As at June 2016, over 80 people had attended these Dry July funded workshops in regions such as Dalby, Roma, Charleville, Kingaroy, Toowoomba, and Maryborough.

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Exercise and Cancer Program for SA cancer patients

Cancer Council SA used Dry July Foundation grant funds to offer a weekly group program of 1.5 hours for guests at their Adelaide based Lodges, run by a qualified Exercise Physiologist. The program included:

- information on exercise during cancer treatment
- risk assessment
- demonstrations of simple exercises that can be continued at home
- goal setting

Cancer Council SA provided the venue, publicity and free transport if guests needed to attend at an alternative site.

From July 2016, Cancer Council SA will be modifying the program to develop an activity to encourage guest participation in a fun and interesting way that also encourages activity and decreases sedentary behaviour - such as a series of group or self-guided walks around the...

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Oncology Care Packs

Following chemotherapy or radiation therapy, some patients suffer from dry, red, irritated and sensitive skin which can be uncomfortable and painful. St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne has sought out and purchases a care pack to help patients hydrate, protect, soothe and care for their skin during and after treatment. Another side effect of treatment can be cold hands and feet. To combat this, we’ve included some cosy MooGoo socks to help keep warm.


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Mindfulness Colouring Books

Mindfulness colouring books are they are therapeutic and have been proven to relieve anxiety. St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne has opted to use funding from Dry July to purchase booksfor cancer patients undergoing treatment.

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Support for Patients at The Canberra Hospital

The Canberra Hospital has announced it will be using Dry July 2015 funds towards the harp therapy program and towards a new resource room.

Harp therapy has been shown to help cancer patients cope with the side effects of their treatment, and can provide a sense of calm to patients who may feel distressed and anxious in a busy hospital environment. The program at The Canberra Hospital is delivered by a certified harp therapist and has been funded by Dry July since 2012.

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Patient Entertainment System for Cairns Hospital

Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation is helping Cairns Hospital purchase 6 interactive patient entertainment and technology platform for use by cancer patients. Funding was made possible through supporters who nominated FNQHF as their preferred beneficiary, as well as through a grant from the Dry July Foundation.

The systems consist of a TV and a tablet that enables patients to keep in touch with their friends and do work or personal interest activities. Each system integrates with the hospital system and allows patients to work interactively to plot treatment goals with their doctors.

The system is essentially aimed at improving the patient experience by reducing patient isolation, acting as a patient portal for communication and...

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Oncology Massage Program at FCIC

The oncology massage program at the Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer (FCIC) will run 2 hours a day x 5 days per week to offer free 20 minute hand and foot relaxation massages to patients undergoing chemotherapy treatments. The program will be fully funded by Dry July, until at least early 2017.

Massage has been shown to help relieve anxiety and depression, and enable a patient to relax.

Flinders is one of the busiest public hospitals in South Australia, serving the southern community of Adelaide and the southern region to Mount Gambier as well as patients from Northern Territory. The FCIC Infusion Suite has 12 chairs and two bed bays delivering treatment throughout the week. The unit sees approximately 300 patients, delivering more...

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