Message from The Honourable Quentin Bryce

Congratulations to the Leukaemia Foundation on another outstanding year of contribution to our community and to our country through your commitment, dedication and hard work.

I am filled with admiration for the fine values of care and compassion that shine through your service. The Foundation has a long and proud history of providing first-class support and services to people with blood cancer and their families.

Its latest accommodation project in Melbourne – the $9.1 million Leukaemia Foundation Victorian Patient Accommodation Centre – continues this commitment of reaching out to these people when and where they need it and providing them with what they need the most.

In this case, 15 new one and two-bedroom apartments to provide a ‘home away from home’ for those faced with having no option but to travel to Melbourne for life-saving treatment.

Each year more than 12,000 Australians are diagnosed with blood cancer. For those with acute leukaemias and lymphomas, intensive treatment begins immediately, often within 24 hours of their diagnosis.

Regional and rural Victorians and Tasmanians with acute blood cancers have no choice but to leave behind their ‘normal’ lives – family, work and school, etc. – and relocate to access specialist acute treating centres in Melbourne.

This upheaval further adds to the initial shock, emotional turmoil and uncertainty of the diagnosis itself.

The Leukaemia Foundation Victorian Patient Accommodation Centre is ideally located – literally across the road from

the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre. This new patient and family accommodation also will be instrumental in facilitating access to neighbouring specialist cancer care provided by the Royal Melbourne Hospital and Peter McCallum Cancer Centre, and nearby specialist centres at St Vincent’s Hospital and the Royal Children’s Hospital.

As the Leukaemia Foundation does not receive any ongoing government funding, it relies solely on the support and generosity of business and the general public.

I urge everyone to support the Foundation in this urgent endeavour to raise the funds necessary to make a meaningful difference by providing much-needed accommodation for people who have blood cancer and who live in regional and rural areas.

I wish you all the best for the year ahead with warmest greetings.

The Honourable Quentin Bryce, AD CVO

Leukaemia Foundation of Australia