Each day I am inspired by the unwavering commitment of our staff, volunteers and supporters to bringing Chris’s vision to life. Your support has been instrumental to the many milestones we celebrated over the past year. From the installation of our state-of-the-art linear accelerator to the expansion of our supportive care services, our hospital continues to grow. This work simply would not happen without the generosity of our growing community of supporters.
Thank you for your visionary support.
I am delighted yet not surprised by Gail O’Brien’s appointment as an Officer of the Order of Australia – the same award her husband received in 2009. As well as helping patients navigate the difficult waters of a cancer diagnosis, Gail has been pivotal in raising millions of dollars for cancer research and treatment. This award fittingly recognises the selfless dedication Gail has shown to improving the lives of Australians with cancer.
I am also pleased to honour the work of cancer nursing pioneer Keith Cox OAM through the establishment of the Keith Cox OAM Clinical Education Fund at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse.
With a ready smile and calm assurance, Keith was by Chris O’Brien’s side as he received chemotherapy and the two discussed Chris’s vision for a holistic cancer centre. Keith has been an important part of our hospital’s story and through this fund, he will continue to be. Keith brings to life the values that make Chris O’Brien Lifehouse a special place. Now, we will be able to support more of our clinical staff to demonstrate these values. As we look to the year ahead, approaching the fifth anniversary of our opening, we are a stronger organisation bringing Chris’ vision to life. Much remains to be done, however, to make that vision thrive. I look forward to sharing this journey with you.