For regional South Australian families battling cancer, brand new accommodation will make the road a little less rough.
When we think of a cancer diagnosis, most of us are familiar with the hard road that patients requiring long and frequent bouts of hospitalisation face. It is tragic enough for families living in the capital cities, but those in regional areas face an extra element of hardship. Often within 24 hours of their diagnosis, patients must abandon the comfort of their own homes and relocate to the urban sprawl for life-saving treatment.
The transition is to become a little easier for patients in regional South Australia with a Patient Village currently under construction in Adelaide. Built by the Leukaemia Foundation, the village will become a safe haven during the treatment process. Fifteen two- and three- bedroom apartments, recreational facilities and support services will be a home away from home for families, some of which will be required to stay for eight months or more.
And whether patients themselves, or the siblings or children of patients, the new village is set to house a lot of young Aussie kids going through a tough time. So, to make their move a little brighter ToyBox has funded Play Your Way, a grant that puts an Xbox 360 in every apartment and a Wii U in the communal games room. A burst of fun in an otherwise somber environment, these consoles are a big and integral part in making the apartments feel more like home.
Former Leukaemia Foundation CEO, Peter Cox explains it best. “It will be a place they can call home for as long as they need it, provided completely free of charge to help keep the family together when they need each other the most.”
And a bit of family fun squeezed into the day is just one way to bring some joy to the lives of the village’s youngest.