21 November 2023

Canberra Hospital Foundation receives $100,000 donation

| Gail Eastaway
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Cooma-based cancer group, the Monaro Committee for Cancer Research has donated $100,000 to the Canberra Hospital Foundation. Photo: Gail Eastaway.

Cooma-based community group, the Monaro Committee for Cancer Research (MCCR) last week donated $100,000 to the Canberra Hospital Foundation, with $60,000 set to fund cancer research and $40,000 to go to the wellness centre.

MCCR President Karen McGufficke was excited to present the cheque to the foundation representatives.

The donation was accepted by Foundation CEO Helen Falla and Canberra Region Cancer Centre (CRCC) operations manager Caroline McIntyre, who both praised the work of the MCCR and its support of cancer patients and carers.

Ms Falla said she was thrilled to accept the donation and to see it benefit research projects.

Ms McIntrye said her work with the wellness centre was a “passion project” and believed the donation would assist with the holistic approach of the wellness centre.

She said 33 per cent of patients using the centre came from outside Canberra.

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The vision of the Canberra Hospital Foundation is to create exceptional health care supporting patients to continually receive the highest quality care, the greatest comfort and relief from distress.

It works tirelessly to provide its health care teams with the support they need to provide exceptional service every day.

The Canberra Hospital Foundation is committed to ensuring every donation for research is used towards achieving something important in the understanding of diseases and their prevention, detection and treatment.

Research is integral to improve patient care, including diagnoses, treatments and disease prevention strategies.

The allocation of this “Monaro Committee for Cancer Research Award” will support projects that are of the highest quality, using state-of-the-art scientific methods and have considerable potential to be translated into everyday patient care, significantly benefitting the health outcomes and wellbeing of patients and the community.

The CRCC provides exceptional care and unwavering support to those affected by cancer.

CRCC’s commitment to excellence is evident in every aspect of the centre, from the compassionate team of experts to the state-of-the-art facilities.

Two new facilities will be added to level three at CRCC – a wellbeing centre for cancer patients and their families and a world-class Cancer Research Hub.

Both are the first of their kind in the ACT.

Living with cancer and its associated side effects can impact patients’ wellbeing as well as the lives of families and carers.

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Canberra Hospital Foundation is raising funds to support the build of a cancer wellbeing centre.

The wellbeing centre will support people affected by cancer, and their family and friends providing complementary therapies, support and education.

In partnership with existing clinical care, these new services will help relieve stress, reduce pain and anxiety and help manage the side effects of cancer treatment.

Your Space will help enhance treatment, complementary therapies, and emotional support for patients and their loved ones in one integrated facility.

MCCR Inc was formed at the instigation of Jackie Sellars (Rose), whose young mother, Helen, died in 1996 after a five-year battle with cancer.

Inspired by her mother’s courage and spirit, Jackie was determined to ‘do something’ to continue the fight against cancer.

MCCR raises funds to assist and support families on the Monaro who are impacted by cancer through the establishment of the Cooma Oncology unit, funds for cancer research and financial assistance to assist in day-to-day living expenses.

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