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Vera na Ranong

$4,543.00 raised

Target: $5,000

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Hi Everyone

This year I have decided to do Dry July - the major fundraiser for the St Vincent's Hospital Cancer Ward & would really love your support for this great cause.

Raised funds provide items such as special chemotherapy chairs and ice making machines. Such equipment cannot be purchased using government funds as they are for patient comfort.

As most of you know, I have recently spent six months undertaking chemotherapy at St Vincent's & am thankfully now cancer free. During my time on the ward I was definitely the beneficiary of these patient comfort items - while they may seem like little things - flowers & magazines at reception, greenery in the inner courtyard, nice Christmas decorations & herbal teas - they certainly made a visit to hospital that little bit more pleasant / bearable. On more practical items, previous donations have also helped fund filtered ice machines (good for mouth sores & nausea, but with the added benefit of reduced risk of infection due to the filtered water). Turns out my St Vincent fridge magnet ("you must go to hospital immediately if...") was also funded by donations - not what you want to receive obviously, but equally, very handy.

This year I know St Vincent's would LOVE to buy a scalp cooling cap - a device which helps patients retain their hair during chemotherapy. For a lot of people this is one of the more distressing aspects of treatment and certainly the very idea of it (plus cutting my hair short, plus buying a wig) totally freaked me out. Although I had to cut my hair short & its pretty manky compared to before, I am SO grateful that I did not have to use the wig I bought (pictured), despite being told I would lose all of my hair after 4-5 weeks. It might sound silly but subsequently having hair at each progressive major event really did feel like a celebration. Losing your hair is a big deal!

Establishing a patient relaxation/wellness area within the hospital (like the Olivia Newton-John one at the Austin) is also on the fundraising wish list.

More details of previous projects funded by Dry July donations can be found here:

So..... please support this great cause if you can


Please either join me in doing Dry July or giving generously if you can. All donations over $2 are tax deductible and no donation is too small - or too big - you might even like to stay dry one night in July and donate the money instead :)

Thanks so much in advance for your support

xx Vera

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$102.60 from Katrina Efthim

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$102.60 from Anna Saxby

Vera - You're amazing!

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Hi Anna, THANK YOU! We can share a soda together at Xmas in July!! Look forward to catching up with you & Dale then, xx
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$51.40 from Justin mahnig

Not a huge amount but i hope it helps you reach your goal.

Very proud of you V. How you can be so strong and resilient and push through a very tough time and then go and do something like this. Inspiring individual.

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Hi Jus, Thanks so much for your generous donation & kind words. The sodastream is sure going to come in handy this July!! xx
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$102.60 from Laura Stansfeld

So proud of you! Xx

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Thanks Laura, super sweet of you šŸ˜Š Xx
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$50.00 from Joanne Tran

You're my hero V xx

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Thanks Jo-Jo for your generous donation. It's been ages since I've seen you, would really love to catch up, xx
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$350.00 from Vera na Ranong

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THANK YOU for everyone's incredible generosity to date! šŸ˜šŸ˜ŠšŸ˜‡ Adding to the fundraising with an estimate of how much I'd otherwise drink in July - $350 šŸ˜Š

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$100.00 from Marcus Grose

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Hi Marcus, thanks so much for your donation! I really appreciate it. Will definitely have to keep up the walk catch-ups during Dry July! xx
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$307.40 from Vanida na Ranong

Well done Vera on your fundraising efforts! How you've handled yourself during chemo has been phenomenal. Xx

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Hi Nida, thanks so much for your generous donation and kind words! xx
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