We are extremely fortunate to have many patients (and staff) speak about their cancer experiences in the media to raise both awareness and much needed funds. This helps to ensure Chris O’Brien Lifehouse can continue to provide the best patient-centred, holistic treatment and invest in new technologies, programs and research . Here’s where you may have seen us in the news recently:
- Lifehouse patient Theresa Lake recently shared her story on the premiere of This Time Next Year. Within two days of a biopsy, her life was turned upside after being diagnosed with breast cancer. Theresa and her children bravely spoke of the impact a cancer diagnosis can have on families.
- At nine years old, an operation for brain cancer left the right-hand side of Caleb Scott’s body paralysed. Thankfully, with the help of lots of physiotherapy, an anonymous donor, and a team of specialists led by Professor Sydney Ch’ng, they were able to restore movement to both his face and body, allowing him to smile once again.
- Australian composer Nigel Westlake has lost members of his family in ways that can only be considered unfair, the most recent case being his sister Kate who was lost to pancreatic cancer in January 2018. In her memory Westlake has composed a tribute to her, which premiers with the Australian String Quartet, and details a deathbed promise.
- Brothers IV Brothers, a foundation started by Bryn and Jason Robertson, recently raised and donated $30,000 for the Western Care Lodge, a place for cancer patients to stay while they undergo treatment. The donation will allow the lodge to install new kitchen appliances, furnishings, bed bases and mattresses. The foundation was created by the siblings in memory of their brother Lachlan, and mainly raises money for NSW cancer services.
- Thirty-two year old bowel cancer patient Michael Boulton has decided to do a twenty-eight kilometre trek from Otford to Bundeena as a way to honour his mother, who was lost to bowel cancer herself when he was sixteen, and also as a way to cross off a bucket list item. He is also working towards raising $15,000 for cancer research as part of Walk With Lifehouse on October 19.
- Ajay Rochester, former host of the Biggest Loser, has recently announced that the cancer she discovered not too long after returning to Australia, has finally been taken care of. She’s extremely grateful that Australia has an amazing healthcare system and is incredibly thankful towards Lifehouse and their staff and all that they’ve done for her.
- Every week zumba instructor Lana Mancuso teaches classes in Bankstown, classes which have helped to change the lives of both surviving and on-going breast cancer patients. The community built within the classes has become very close, the attendees having been there for each other through thick and thin. Four of Lana’s students are breast cancer survivors, which has encouraged the class to try and raise awareness and funds for Lifehouse.
- 470km is a long way to paddle, but the memory of their determined mother will spur on siblings Ben and Lauren Taylor as they paddle the length of the Hunter River in October to raise money for Lifehouse.
- Head of Breast Surgery at Lifehouse Dr Cindy Mak recently spoke with Future Women about her remarkable career, struggling with the emotional side of the job, and how the upcoming Sydney Breast Cancer Foundation Ladies Long Lunch helps to fund research and patient programs.