THE Cancer Wellness Centre, launched last Friday at Wanslea Cottesloe, was the brainchild of philanthropist Ros Worthington and National Trust chief executive Tom Perrigo.
Ross Taylor, Cancer Wellness Centre Campus president, honoured the duo for ensuring the concept was more than just a conversation.
The Member of the Order of Australia said the journey that brought Cancer Support WA, Breast Cancer Care WA, melanomaWA and the Brady Cancer Support Foundation under one roof was the story of hundreds of people who had walked through the doors of the heritage-listed former orphanage to get help, just like he had.
Mr Taylor’s journey started 10 years ago when he was diagnosed with cancer and, reluctantly, sought help from Cancer Support WA, where he would eventually become president.
The $7.5 million Lotterywest-funded campus is a holistic centre providing support, healing, learning and cancer prevention to sufferers and their families.
The Town of Cottesloe approved a development application for the 7430sq m site in 2011.
Premier Colin Barnett shared his own story about the journey from dilapidated landmark to an integrated cancer support service at the opening.
Mr Barnett said his four sons had attended the adjacent North Cottesloe Primary School and he had a vested interested to ensure the growing school benefited from any plans.
The Premier said it was great to see the charities collaborate under one umbrella.