Garage sale for cord blood re­search

Dubbo Photo News - - News - By YVETTE AUBUSSON-FO­LEY

LEUKAEMIA and many blood dis­or­ders, stroke, heart dis­ease, Group 1 Di­a­betes and other auto im­mune dis­eases, cys­tic fi­bro­sis, cere­bral palsy and prostate can­cer.

All of these con­di­tions have one thing in com­mon: their treat­ment is the fo­cus of cord blood re­search.

“Cord blood is sav­ing lives and our Aus­tralian doc­tors are do­ing ground-break­ing re­search to treat all sorts of con­di­tions,” ex­plained In­ner Wheel Dubbo pres­i­dent Meryl Us­back.

In­ner Wheel Aus­tralia has given 38 grants of $60,000 each to­ward the re­search and works at a local level to help the or­gan­i­sa­tion raise funds.

Funds have been granted to re­searchers at Syd­ney Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal and the Mur­doch Chil­dren’s Re­search In­sti­tute to as­sist with can­cer ther­a­pies and bone mar­row trans­plants, and re­duce the risk of in­fec­tion and dis­ease re­lapse, as well as aid­ing car­diopul­monary by­pass surgery in ba­bies and re­search into cere­bral palsy.

“We have a na­tional ap­peal each year called ‘Coin for a Cord’ but this year the Dubbo club is do­ing some­thing a lit­tle dif­fer­ent and hold­ing a mon­ster garage sale where 100 per cent of the pro­ceeds will be given to this won­der­ful cause. We’re very grate­ful to the com­mu­nity for their sup­port,”

Mon­ster Garage Sale!

Pic­tured pre­par­ing for this Satur­day’s big garage sale for cord blood re­search are, back, Yvette Aubusson-fo­ley, Meryl Us­back, Di Mck­e­owen, Jean Slack-smith, Bar­bara Nor­rie, front, Barb Tay­lor, Melva Blake. PHOTO: WENDY MERRICK

Meryl said.

The com­mu­nity is in­vited to join the ladies from In­ner Wheel Dubbo as ev­ery­thing must go.

Stalls will in­clude clothes,

shoes, hand­bags, scarves, jewellery, plants, books, crock­ery, toys, tools, cord blood mer­chan­dise and mis­cel­la­neous items.

The garage sale will be held in

West Dubbo at 54 Grange­wood Drive this Satur­day, March 10, from 8am.

* Jour­nal­ist Yvette Aubusson-fo­ley is help­ing or­gan­ise this event.

Cam­paign to sub­sidise breast can­cer drugs

LOCAL breast can­cer aware­ness ad­vo­cate Donna Fal­coner is col­lect­ing signed let­ters from the com­mu­nity to pe­ti­tion Mem­ber for Parkes, Mark Coul­ton, re­quest­ing the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment sub­sidise two im­por­tant new breast can­cer drugs which cur­rently cost $5000 per month.

“The cost is well out of reach for most Aus­tralian fam­i­lies,” Donna said.

The drugs have been tested and shown to ex­tend the length of time be­fore can­cer spreads by up to 26 months. Taken as a tablet, they do not cause com­mon can­cer treat­ment side-ef­fects such as hair loss or nau­sea. Con­tact Yvette at the Dubbo Photo News of­fice for de­tails.

Men­tors needed for Youth Fron­tiers pro­gram

MARATHON Health Dubbo has been sub­con­tracted by Save the Chil­dren to im­ple­ment the Youth Fron­tiers pro­gram in the Far West and Western Re­gion.

Marathon Health Dubbo ex­ec­u­tive man­ager of health ser­vices Linda Cut­ler said it was ex­cit­ing to bring this op­por­tu­nity to western NSW com­mu­ni­ties.

“In part­ner­ship with Save the Chil­dren, we are re­cruit­ing local project of­fi­cers to im­ple­ment the Youth Fron­tiers men­tor­ing pro­gram and will be work­ing closely with schools to iden­tify those that may ben­e­fit from this ini­tia­tive.”

The pro­gram cre­ates op­por­tu­ni­ties for young peo­ple to mean­ing­fully par­tic­i­pate in their com­mu­ni­ties.

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