Genesis CancerCare Lodge to open its doors

Jo Holding at the Genesis CancerCare Lodge.Picture: Martin Kennealey        www.communitypix.com.au d442786
Jo Holding at the Genesis CancerCare Lodge.Picture: Martin Kennealey        www.communitypix.com.au d442786

A TWO Rocks home being transformed to accommodate regional cancer patients during treatment will be opened on Sunday.

A sausage sizzle, ice-cream van and coffee cart will be at the Genesis CancerCare Lodge at 99 Two Rocks Road from 11am to 3pm, with the official opening at 3.30pm.

Owner Jo Holding’s home, a former bed-and-breakfast, is undergoing refurbishment thanks to the generosity and community spirit of many local businesses.

The Times reported last month that Ms Holding had felt driven to help when she heard that patients unable to pay out-of-pocket accommodation costs were sleeping in their cars or stopping their treatment.

The Two Rocks-Yanchep Assisted Cancer Travels (TRYACT) co-founder put her house forward for the project, offering four private rooms for the Patient Assisted Travel Scheme (PATS) allowance, as well as transport to and from appointments.

Ms Holding approached Joondalup’s Genesis CancerCare to get the lodge off the ground and together held talks with local businesses and residents about donating goods and services to help it open.

Marketing and relationship manager Aileen Eiszele said all proceeds raised at the October 25 event would go to Camp Quality and the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.

“If you’re out for a Sunday drive, bring the family along,” Ms Eiszele said.

“Meet (House Rules 2015 WA contestants) Karina and Brian, show your support to all the businesses and people involved, and buy a sausage, ice-cream or coffee to support cancer foundations –- our way of also giving back.”

Ms Eiszele said the lodge would fill a gap in the northern suburbs by providing accommodation for adult cancer patients and a family member or carer who live more than 100km from a cancer treatment facility.

She said patients staying at the lodge would attend Genesis CancerCare at Shenton House which provides services including full diagnosis, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and a cancer exercise clinic in partnership with ECU’s Health and Wellness Institute.

“Average radiation therapy treatments can mean that patients are away from home for between four to six weeks while they undertake daily sessions (excluding weekends),” she said.

“Under the PATS, eligible patients will not incur any out-of-pocket accommodation expenses.”