2016-17 has seen a 40 per cent increase in financial hardship payments made to cancer patients and their families as more people struggle to make ends meet while dealing with a cancer diagnosis.
Our CEO Ashley Reid said we have provided more than $500,000 in financial assistance to 2,000 cancer patients and their families in the 12 month period to the end of June 2017.
"We've seen a growing demand on all of our services, however the substantial increase in the numbers of people seeking help to pay their bills and get themselves to treatment has stood out," Mr Reid said.
"There's no doubt that this reflects the financial difficulties felt more broadly by many in our community to make ends meet, but for cancer patients those difficulties are felt particularly keenly as they have the added worry of treatment and its associated costs."
Of the 3,462 payments made, the fastest growing need was from people requesting food and fuel vouchers.
"We made nearly a thousand payments to people in the form of food vouchers - people just needing to alleviate the pressure of being able to put food on the table for their family while undergoing cancer treatment," Mr Reid said.
"Providing fuel vouchers has been the other main area of demand - ensuring that people can get to essential treatment."
We also provided financial hardship payments to people to help with utilities and maintaining a phone connection.
"What we're seeing are people who hadn't come to us previously now faced with no alternative, so we are trying to respond to that increased demand."
Mr Reid said it was through the generosity of the wider Western Australian community that we are able to help those in need.
"It's the amazing support of the community that ensures that we can carry out this vital work."
Mr Reid said Daffodil Day this Friday 25 August is an opportunity for everyone to get behind our cause.
"I encourage everyone to show their support by buying a daffodil pin or a bunch of daffodils or making a donation.
"This will go directly to helping us fund support services like this that help thousands of Western Australians as well as world class cancer research and state-wide education programs."