Donation to lobby for a cancer care unit

At the presentation of funds to Regional Community Watch recently were (l-r) Rotary Club of Lismore district governor Brian Wheatley, local cancer survivors Margaret Foster and Therese Dunn, Regional Community Watch treasurer Norm Olsen and Combined Rotary Clubs Cancer Care Unit funds administrator, John Zentveld.

Therese Dunn had to pay over $10,000 in out of pocket expenses and Margaret Foster $15,000 after they both had breast cancer operations in Lismore.

These figures came to light recently when the Combined Rotary Clubs presented a cheque of $2000 to Regional Community Watch to continue their fight to have the building of the radiotherapy unit fast tracked.

Had these women been able to receive radiotherapy in Lismore they would not have had such huge bills.

As a single mum Therese Dunn chose not to receive radiotherapy at all as she could not leave her young son for extended periods of time.

Ms Foster had to travel away from the area to receive her radiotherapy.

Ms Dunn said many women in rural areas are choosing to have mascectomies rather than have radiotherapy away from their home towns.

Over 21,000 signatures have been collected to try and draw the attention of the state government to the issue and it is hoped that Regional Community Watch can persuade the state government to honour their promise of $16 million for stage two of the redevelopment of Lismore Base Hospital, which includes the long-awaited radiotherapy unit.


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