How the Charity Helps
We often get asked ‘How is the money the Charity raises spent’? And while we are very careful to protect the privacy and dignity of the women the Charity does help, we do understand that people would like to know.
So after our very successful Race Day, the Charity’s management committee sat down and spent some money. Because Jodie runs the Support Group Meetings and knows how each of the women are going with their treatment, she has a list of things we can do to help.
There are a couple issues that need to be taken into consideration when we do this. One is that breast cancer (any cancer really) doesn’t just affect one person. Their whole family is affected, not only by the diagnosis and the fear that comes with it but also the treatment. And when a woman is going through treatment for breast cancer, she has to manage it both physically and emotionally while still trying to go to work, get the kids to school and carry on with life.
So, with all that in mind, we recently spent quite a lot of money on:
- Memories – We organised a weekend to remember for a woman who has developed brain tumours, her husband and young daughter.
- Breasts – even with private health insurance, women can face an out of pocket expense of $5,000 – $10,000 for a reconstruction. We are ensuring a couple ladies can afford the surgery.
- Holidays – the stress and strain the diagnosis and treatment put on a family can be extreme. Often a holiday, time away together is just what they need but the last thing they can afford. So we have helped organise a couple of these for families who really need a break.
- Bills – Unfortunately the bills keep coming in and the mortgage still needs to be paid no matter what you are dealing with. By helping out with some of these, we can take a little of the pressure off.
- Practical Help – Its often the day to day chores that get swept under the carpet with the dirt. We have a range of professionals we can send over to help out with the gardens, housework, meals, transportation, whatever needs to be done.
- Thinking of You - We often send women coming home from the hospital or going through treatment a bunch of flowers or a box of chocolates, just to let them know we are here if they need us.
Breast Cancer Network Australia Conference – Recently we paid for 7 ladies from our support group to go to the conference with more than 600 other breast cancer survivors from across Australia.
Support Group Meetings – We hold these once a month in the Hawkesbury. It’s a great opportunity for women going through breast cancer treatment to chat, share their hopes, dreams , fears and frustrations with other women in similar a situation.
People with cancer who live in the Hawkesbury currently have to travel to Penrith or Westmead for treatment, further adding to the stress and hassle. The Pink Finss Charity supports the initiative to bring an oncology unit to the Hawkesbury, which is why the Charity has made a donation to the Hawkesbury Living Cancer Trust.
Essentially, we do whatever we can to help local women suffering from breast cancer. And while that is our main goal, we also understand and appreciate the value of research. Jodie is an Ambassador for Breast Cancer research and the Charity makes an annual donation to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
So far we have raised over $600,000