Coming back to his room at Milroy Lodge after a long day of treatment is something Joe ‘Bushie' Bush can now look forward to thanks to new recliners purchased with Dry July funding.
"It means everything to me. I'm from the country, from Leonora, and I didn't know these type of places existed. I came down here and I am blown away by the place."
Bushie has been staying at Milroy Lodge for almost three months while he receives treatment in Perth for lung cancer. The lodge is one of two accommodation facilities we provide for over 5000 country cancer patients stay each year.
The funding received from the Dry July campaign in 2017 means that Bushie and every guest staying at the lodge can relax in the comfort of a new leather recliner.
"I came down about 10 weeks ago. I was here for nearly 6 weeks so I could get treatment for lung cancer. Then they sent me home after I had chemo and radiation to recuperate for a bit and I am back here now to get the final bit done."
Bushie said it was a nice surprise to come back the second time around and find the recliner waiting for him in his room.
"It's beautiful to come back to a comfy armchair. I'd like to thank Dry July very much. I see that every room has got one and I am blown away that these are here".
To learn more about the support we have available for country cancer patients visit our living in the country page.
For more information on our accommodation lodges visit our accommodation in Perth page.
Dry July 2018
This year, funds raised for us through the Dry July campaign will help us to continue providing our vital 13 11 20 phone support service.
13 11 20 is a confidential cancer information and support phone line run by experienced Cancer Nurses. The service is available to West Australians affected by or concerned about cancer and works to connect them with relevant cancer information, support and resources.
In the last financial year 8,501 calls were received by our Cancer Nurses via 13 11 20.
However, our latest estimates show that by 2040 the number of Australians with a personal history of cancer will increase by 72 per cent to 1.9 million. This means in the coming years, our services, like 13 11 20, will be needed more than ever before.
As a not-for-profit, non-government organisation we're reliant on community donations to continue providing this much-needed service for the WA community. By fundraising for us this Dry July you'll be helping us to continue supporting WA families affected by cancer. We can't do what we do without you.
To sign up visit dryjuly.com/cancercouncilwa