Garden feels like home
ROBINA Crook feels at home in nature.
The breast cancer patient from the eastern Wheatbelt has welcomed a new outdoor garden area as part of the SolarisCare Foundation at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.
Ms Crook said it would give patients a familiar place of solitude for reflection and relaxation.
“I am from the country so I really love being in nature, so as much as possible I tried to go over to Kings Park, but once I had my chemo, sometimes I couldn’t walk,” Ms Crook said.
“It would have been really lovely just to know I had a place to sit for half-an-hour or 20 minutes... to try calm my mind because it is literally going 100 miles an hour.”
For years the Foundation has aimed to renovate an existing but badly dilapidated outdoor area, but a lack of funds and assistance meant it was unable to.
Foundation chief executive David Edwards said a recent collaborative effort between members of the John Curtin Leadership Academy, Masters Home Improvement and funds from the Dry July campaign had made it possible.
“We’ve got one of the world's best medical systems and environments like this just add value to it and complement the health and recovery benefits,” Mr Edwards said.
“For the people going through cancer and their families, it’s also a little bit of an oasis in a hive of activity that is a hospital.”
SolarisCare has raised more than $200,000 through the Dry July campaign over the past couple of years.
Mr Edwards encouraged people to get involved with the campaign this year, with funds going towards enhancing the Foundation’s regional facilities.
To get involved, au.dryjuly.com
Robina Crook has welcomed a new outdoor garden at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, where she is undergoing treatment for breast cancer.