Thanks to Box Magazine subscribers, families at the Leukaemia Foundation’s Patient Accommodation Complex can enjoy some fun and games.
Mum-of-four Tracey was living in sunny Broome when she received life-changing news from her local GP. After not feeling her usual self and discovering a lump on her chest, Tracey was diagnosed with Hodgkins Disease, and had only two weeks to relocate her young family to Perth so she could begin chemotherapy.
The Leukaemia Foundation came to Tracey’s rescue, with their patient accommodation complex in the Perth suburb of Bassendean. The Leukaemia Foundation has 17 accommodation complexes located near major treatment centres all over Australia, that are a ‘home away from home’ for patients and families who must temporarily relocate from regional areas for specialist treatment.
Thanks to Box Magazine subscribers, ToyBox was able to purchase six Wii consoles and a selection of games for the Bassendean complex.
For Tracey, the games are a welcome distraction for her children. “It has been so important for them because we didn’t have time to pack any games when we moved from Broome. It will help the kids take time out for themselves and have fun and laughs,” she said.
Leukaemia Foundation General Manager, Carolyn Turner, says that providing entertainment the family can enjoy together provides a much-needed break from the emotional stress they are undergoing. “The Wiis have helped provide a homely feeling in the complex, and given the families something different to focus on. It puts a little positivity in their lives knowing others are thinking of them,” she said.