Dry July intiative funds $49,200 for five WA Solaris Cancer Care centres

Patient Emilie Simpson, who is a practising nurse and has been using Solaris for 18 months and took part in Dry July this year. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d489040b
Patient Emilie Simpson, who is a practising nurse and has been using Solaris for 18 months and took part in Dry July this year. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d489040b

SOLARIS Cancer Centre Cottesloe patient Emilie Simpson helped raise $800 during her Dry July effort this year.

The registered nurse was first diagnosed with breast cancer in June last year and has been on her cancer journey for 18 months.

Now cancer free, Miss Simpson said she wanted to give back to the centre that helped her get through a dark period of her life.

“I was able to use the massages, Reiki, reflexology and the pampering of the soul side of things as well as courses over time, which helped build up my strength,” she said.

The Spearwood resident said she strayed away from drinking alcohol for a month to raise money for the courses that helped her reassess where her life was heading.

“No one ever really expects to get cancer,” she said.

“You’re going one direction and then suddenly overnight your life is completely changed and you’re going through treatment and it’s so regimented that when you’re finished at the end you don’t really know what the new you is like.

“This place has been amazing seeing all the friendly faces, they understand what you’re going through and you can turn up and say you’re not feeling yourself and people understand that.”

Solaris Cancer Care chief executive David Edwards said Dry July funds raised for the organisation equated to more than $49,200.

He said it would allow the five state-wide centres to expand their range of services to cancer patients in ways that would have otherwise been unachievable.

“Given the economic climate within Western Australia and the associated fiscal restraints, Dry July funds remain critical to the growth and sustainability of state-wide Solaris Cancer Care Service delivery,” he said.

Dry July funds will go towards engaging with a dietician to provide information regarding nutrition and cancer, and address questions people have about diet and nutrition, during and after cancer treatment.

Funds will also go towards patient therapy sessions, as well as the purchase of iPads, Kindles, eBooks and magazine subscriptions, stylish and comfortable headwear, yoga equipment and lip balms for pamper packs.

The Dry July campaign will formally kick off again in May 2019.