Cancer Wellness Centre
This month, Mix102.3’s Jodie & Soda will raise funds for ‘Kerry’s Final Wish’ to open the centre by attempting to break a Guinness World Record by sitting on a Ferris Wheel for 52 hours straight!
In 2012, Kerry Briggs helped to open the Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer (FCIC) and continued to be an advocate for the development of a wellness centre to cater for the growing needs of people and their families with cancer- just as Kerry herself experienced following her own cancer diagnosis. You can read more about Kerry's story here.
More than 30,000 patients and their families visit FCIC each year for treatment and appointments.
This centre provides care and treatment for patients and facilities for world-leading researchers all under the one roof.
While it’s good news that research discoveries, improved screening, earlier detection and better therapies mean more people are surviving and living with cancer, the care patients need before, during and after treatment often extends beyond support currently available in the cancer clinic.
Life with Cancer
Many patients struggle to transition to life with, or life after cancer, and have other holistic needs including physical, educational, psychological, emotional and practical concerns which need support.
To focus on these needs, and provide more support for people affected by cancer, Flinders Foundation plans to build a new and unique space – a Cancer Wellness Centre.
How can you help?
Buy a Carriage!
We’re on the hunt for generous businesses or individuals to buy one (or more!) of the 16 Ferris Wheel carriages available. Not only will your purchase mean that our dream of opening the Cancer Wellness Centre can become a reality, it will also expose your company and brand to thousands of viewers and listeners with a fabulous package! If you or someone you know might be interested – please get in touch with our team on (08) 8204 5216.
Make a donation
Every dollar donated – big or small – helps to make Kerry’s last wish a reality.
About the Cancer Wellness Centre
Built on the ground floor, the new centre will provide a focal point in FCIC for patients and their loved ones to connect with others and receive support for a range of physical, emotional and practical needs including, fatigue, anxiety, relationships, dietary, financial and employment concerns among others.
A focus on health and wellness is paramount, as evidence also shows that a healthy lifestyle can help reduce the impact of cancer and other chronic diseases and improve quality of life and survival.
Services developed collaboratively by clinicians, researchers, patients and their families are expected to include:
- Consulting rooms to support services such as psychology, dietetics, financial advice and psycho-oncology
- A family room, supported by funding from Dry July, for family units to have time out during their treatment. It will be a space to relax, feel supported and spend value time together during the healing process
- An open plan meeting place including access to computers to use web-based self-help programs developed by the team at Flinders University
- Multiple lounge areas, an open plan seminar space and designated volunteer area
- Access to resources, information and literature to provide a place for patients to access wellness services
- A multi-function space to support oncology massage, art / music therapy and group therapies such as mindfulness, relaxation & yoga
Some wonderful businesses, groups and individuals – including Dry July, Mix102.3, Simmonds Homes and the His & Her Time New York Marathon group – have brought this centre closer to reality but we still need your help.
Please make a donation today by clicking here or get in touch to find out how you can support people and their families affected by cancer.