Thanks to the generous support of Box Magazine subscribers, the family of a young boy with leukaemia has a much needed home away from home.
Leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and related blood disorders can develop in anyone at any age. Currently there are around 40,000 Australians living with blood cancer. With few clearly identified risk factors and often no real warning, the impact of a diagnosis is immense for both patients and their families. At the age of two, Damon was diagnosed with the most common type of childhood leukaemia, Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia, which affects the blood and bone marrow. Over two years on, Damon is undergoing maintenance chemotherapy, involving intravenous chemotherapy once every four weeks at Princess Margaret Hospital on top of regular oral chemotherapy.
The Leukaemia Foundation is the only not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the care and cure of patients and families living with blood disorders by providing world-class services and funding vital research into better treatments and ultimately, cures. Living in a regional Australian town, Damon’s family often find it essential to use the Leukaemia Foundation’s home-away-from-home accommodation when they are required to relocate to the city for extended periods of time for Damon’s treatment. In reality this means leaving work, school, family commitments and friends whilst dealing with the emotional turmoil of diagnosis and treatment without the benefit of established local support networks.
It is during these times that the Leukaemia Foundation can step in to support the patient and their family, “The Leukaemia Foundation offers practical service where required to ensure families can concentrate on what is important – the patients health and recovery through treatment,” says Margot Vearing, Marketing and Communications Manager.
The Leukaemia Foundation has a number of fully furnished accommodation complexes located near major treatment centres. “For regional families, often treatment is required within 24 hours of diagnosis so with these families having to relocate basically overnight, we alleviate the pressure of finding somewhere to stay by offering accommodation in capital cities across the country.” Recently thanks to the support of generous guests who attended a Lunch for Leukaemia and purchased Box Magazine subscriptions, ToyBox International raised enough funds to provide Damon and his family with short term accommodation at their local home-away-from-home.
“As the Leukaemia Foundation receives no on-going government funding it relies on the generosity of corporate partners and the general public to support its Vision to Cure and Mission to Care. We are therefore extremely grateful to supports such as ToyBox who enable us to continue providing support services to our patients,” says Vearing.
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