Dry July changes lives
WHEN South Guildford resident Deanne O’Brien was diagnosed with leukaemia in October 2015, her world was turned upside-down.
The shock of the diagnosis came when her husband Dean was working a fiveweek-on and five-week-off FIFO roster up north.
Their three children were all under the age of four.
With the family still reeling from the news, Mrs O’Brien began chemotherapy and radiotherapy in preparation for a stem cell transplant.
During a visit to the hospital, Cancer Council WA’s support line was recommended to the O’Briens.
Mrs O’Brien said deciding to call the service opened up a whole world of support.
“The cancer nurses were always friendly, always supportive and made sure to give me all of the information I needed,” she said.
It was through the support line that she was able to access free services for people affected by cancer, their carers and families.
“I had cleaners, lawn mowers and gardeners come out to help, which made a big difference,” she said.
This year, money raised through Dry July – a fundraiser that challenges participants to go boozefree for a month – will go towards Cancer Council WA’s 13 11 20 Cancer Information and Support Line.
To participate in Dry July, sign up at dryjuly .com/beneficiaries/cancercouncil-wa. Sarah Brookes