Andrews Govt Puts $$ into Building of Hope for Leukaemia Patients

Patients from regional Victoria needing life-saving blood cancer treatment in Melbourne will now have a home away from home thanks to $500,000 in the Victorian Budget to support the Leukaemia Foundation to finalise its patient accommodation centre in Flemington.

The new centre will complement other accommodation provided by the Leukaemia Foundation, which at any one time can have up to 20 rural families on a waiting list for accommodation support. The 15 one to two bedroom apartments, are specifically designed for blood cancer patients undergoing treatment, with specialised modifications to support patients to stay safe and free of infection along with allowing access to health professionals and counselling to help them on the road to recovery. Being located across the road from the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre will reduce the burden on those who need to travel for the lifesaving care.

Shaun has been involved with the LF since participating in the Greatest Shave in 2012. He has supported the LF’s search for funding for this important project.

CEO Stephanie Hechenberger said “We are delighted to have gained such strong financial support from the Victorian Government.  Their contribution to our work through the Building of Hope project highlights our joint commitment to improve quality of life and outcomes for Victorians diagnosed with blood cancer. ”

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