YOU WOULD LIKE TO DONATE?
There is a vast number, nationally and globally, of charitable bodies, groups and organisations supporting an array of people, communities, suffering and hardship, diseases and disorders.
We are all passionate about different things and everyone has a charity/charities closest to their heart and we can't all give to everything and everyone.
Aside from all sorts of wonderful gestures of kindness and support, people constantly ask how else they may be able to help me and what they can do for me.
I refer, those that are interested, to the charities below that are close to my heart. A donation doesn't have to be financial. It can be a visit to someone sitting on their own in an oncology ward or putting together a care package and having it delivered with a purposeful note. Perhaps buying a special toy and dropping it off to a child in hospital having chemotherapy and staying to read them a book. Hosting a fundraiser at home with a group of friends over a morning tea. Getting a group together for a charity walk or partaking in an organised event. Buying something from a Charity's online merchandise store. Offering your time, energy and expertise where it may be useful to Charitable organisations. A tin of gold coins.
It is all equally wonderful and it all helps.
Professor Geoff Lindeman
Professor Geoff Lindeman, a clinician-scientist, is Joint Head of the Cancer Biology and Stem Cells Division at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (WEHI) and a medical oncologist at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and The Royal Melbourne Hospital.
He completed his medical training at the University of Sydney, followed by Medical Oncology training at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and Westmead Hospital. He carried out Ph.D. studies at WEHI before pursuing postdoctoral training in the Livingston Laboratory at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School. In 1998, he was appointed to WEHI, where he and Professor Jane Visvader jointly established a Breast Cancer Laboratory.
Professor Lindeman was also appointed as a sessional oncologist at The Royal Melbourne Hospital, where he helped establish The Royal Melbourne Hospital Tissue Bank and Familial Cancer Centre.
Following the relocation of the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre to Parkville, he served as inaugural Director of the Parkville Familial Cancer Centre. Lindeman is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences and the Australian Academy of Science
Getting abreast of Breast Cancer
Outcomes for women with breast cancer have shown remarkable improvement over the last three decades. However, more than 500,000 women around the globe continue to die each year from this disease.
Professor Lindeman is a clinician-scientist focusing on breast stem cell biology and translational breast cancer research. His laboratory at Walter & Eliza Hall Institute (WEHI) jointly headed with his wife Professor Jane Visvader, is working to understand how normal and cancerous cells develop in the breast. They are using this information to advance new treatments for breast cancer.
They have made important contributions to breast cancer research including:
Identifying breast stem cells, which give rise to normal breast tissue
Defining how normal breast growth is regulated, and how errors lead to breast cancer
Identifying the breast cells predisposed to becoming cancerous in women with BRCA1 gene mutations
Discovering potential strategies to treat and prevent breast cancer
An important focus of their laboratory is the transfer of discoveries to the clinic. Towards this end, they have generated valuable preclinical models to study novel treatments. Several laboratory discoveries are entering clinical trials.
If you would like to make a contribution towards valuable research, treatments and a cure for breast cancer you can donate to WEHI, Peter Mac and RMH via Professor Geoff Lindeman (see below)
Prof Geoffrey Lindeman
Joint Head, Cancer Biology and Stem Cells Division
NHMRC Leadership Fellow
The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research
1G Royal Parade
Parkville, VIC 3052
Royal Melbourne Hospital and Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre
Parkville, VIC 3050
HIS CONTACT DETAILS BELOW:
Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation
Committed to finding ways to prevent, detect and treat cancers.
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre is internationally recognised for helping to lead the search for cancer cures. Their researchers are dedicated to preventing, treating and curing all types of cancer.
Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation supports this research by funding new research opportunities and providing researchers access to the specialised resources needed to discover cancer cures.
Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation relies on the community to help fund vital cancer research and help make new discoveries possible.
Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) is Australia's leading cancer consumer organisation. For the past 22 years, they have worked to ensure that all Australians who are affected by breast cancer received the very best care, treatment, information and support.
BCNA are committed to this legacy and excited by the opportunities that digital innovation, emerging medical research and leading practice offer to deliver better information and support, connection and voice for people living with and affected by breast cancer.
BCNA is a powerful network advocating on behalf of patients and members to ensure the best treatments are accessible to all. They listen to their members and take action and tirelessly lobby with drug companies, undertake submissions to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee and liaise with our Health Minister for support from the Australian Government to make drugs available on the PBS.
There is a link hereunder to the "BCNA NEWS" page which features information about their progressive work including their latest release in relation to a powerful treatment for hormone receptor positive metastatic breast cancer.
I felt very honoured to be able to assist with their submission to the PBAC and was asked to support them by sharing my own personal experience for a publication in the Herald Sun in June 2020 which I did on behalf of all my cancer sisters and brothers.
There are several ways you can donate directly to BCNA outlined on their website linked here. Gifting in Memory; Workplace Giving Programs; Giving in Celebration; Pink Bun Campaign; Monthly Pledges or one-off donations.
No-one should be subjected to cancer, least of all children and a parent should not lose a child. Most children have trouble understanding what is happening to their bodies and can find the treatment process emotionally and physically draining. The experience has an overwhelming impact on everyone associated with that child.
Children aged 18 years old and under, who have been diagnosed with cancer or a life threatening blood disorder, are welcome to become Challenge members. Members are provided with a full range of services both in and out of hospital. Siblings and parents are equally considered members, as Challenge is about the entire family.
Challenge's promise is to deliver practical, personalised services of exceptional quality to ensure that children and families living with cancer are well supported throughout their cancer journey.
They run a number of special programs including music and art therapy, tailored activities, outings and camps, community and sporting fundraising events.
Challenge activities unite families and allow them to spend time together, even when times are tough.
Challenge is the only one of its kind providing over 300 young people and their families vital support services every week. I was introduced to this wonderful charity via a friend of a friend who is an incredible ambassador for Challenge having lost her own son, at a very young age, to childhood cancer. Her energy and passion to support this Charity, given her unfathomable loss, speaks volumes.