This year I'm joining a group of dedicated MHF supporters to trek to the summit of not only Africa’s tallest peak but the world’s tallest free standing mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro.
The summit, named Uhuru Point us 5895 metres (19,341 feet) above sea level. It is a significant challenge but nothing compared to what those battling brain cancer go through. Brain Cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in children and those under 40 years of age.
In taking on this challenge I'm hoping to raise brain cancer awareness and importantly vital funds as we set ourselves a target of $600,000 this year.
This funding is required so we can support a Brain Care Coordinator in regional and remote NSW.
Following diagnosis Brain Cancer Patients travel to major hospitals in our capital cities and large regional centres for treatment. This initial care and treatment is expertly delivered for these patients with face to face care. Care Coordinators assist patients with their multi-disciplinary care, assist with access to clinical trial opportunities and coordinate allied health services.
Following this initial treatment, many patients are able to travel home to receive follow up treatments and other allied health services closer to family and friends. However for those living in regional or rural areas, Brain Cancer care coordination services are not readily available on the ground. These patients struggle to access these treatments, trials and services without the expert assistance city patients receive.
This $600,000 will contribute towards a multi-year project which will see a Brain Cancer Care Coordinator service patients and their carer’s across northern NSW both remotely and with face to face assistance. This pilot project will also evaluate all current models of remote care to develop a best practice model for future expansion of support services by providers across the country.
Please help us in our quest to provide Brain Cancer Care Services to those in need.
Thank you in advance for your generosity, it means a lot!