On Thursday 24 October a thousand people came together at Woolloomooloo Wharf for the Sony Foundation’s annual event, Wharf4Ward.
The day was an incredible success, raising a record-breaking $1.52 million dollars for a new youth cancer (YouCan) centre at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse for adolescents and young adults going through cancer treatment.
The sun was out and the lunch ran to the tune of some incredible performances by Tones and I, Jessica Mauboy, Stan Walker, Samantha Jade and Brad Cox.
What is YouCan?
YouCan is a youth cancer program established by the Sony Foundation in 2010, to address the growing gap in healthcare support for adolescents and young adults between the ages of 15 and 24 who are diagnosed with cancer. Considered too old for child healthcare services, yet not old enough to navigate the adult health care system, many adolescents and young adults (AYA) slip through the cracks in cancer care and support.
A breakout space exclusively for our AYA patients to socialise, relax or reflect, the YouCan centre at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse will be the fifth opened by the Sony Foundation in Australia, and the first to offer free on-site accommodation for regional AYA patients and their families.
Chris O’Brien Lifehouse has been growing in its support for adolescents and young adults with cancer since opening six years ago. Our sarcoma specialist nurse, Katie Thompson, has been working with representatives at Royal Prince Alfred hospital to build the AYA service, which provides additional support to young people dealing with their cancer diagnosis and treatment.
We are incredibly privileged to be the future home of a YouCan centre, and we couldn’t be more grateful to the Sony Foundation for making this a reality for our younger patients.
Photo credits to the Sony Foundation. Click here to view more photos and read more about the fabulous day.