The need for the Building of Hope

It is projected that in 2014, more than 12,000 Australians will be diagnosed with blood cancer - leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma or a related blood disorder.

Among these people, it is expected that almost 3000 of them will be Victorians and Tasmanians. For most of them, diagnosis with a blood cancer will be unexpected and many of them will need to begin treatment immediately.

Of the broad range of practical care and support offered by the Leukaemia Foundation to blood cancer patients and their families, accommodation is one of the most meaningful.

Having a ‘home away from home’, provided by the Foundation, at no charge is an enormous relief in so many ways for regional and rural patients and their families who suddenly find they have
to drop everything and relocate to Melbourne for life-saving treatment.

In the last 12 months, Victorians and Tasmanians spent around 4000 nights away from their own homes and stayed in one of our apartments in Melbourne.

Unfortunately, demand for the Foundation’s accommodation far exceeds our current capacity and the number of Victorians diagnosed with blood cancer is rising each year. At any one time, up to 20 families are on a waiting list for our accommodation support in Melbourne. 

To help overcome this accommodation shortage, the Leukaemia Foundation is establishing the Victorian Patient Accommodation Centre by purchasing 15 apartments in Flemington Road, across the road from the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre and close to other hospitals that specialise in cancer treatment.

These one and two-bedroom apartments, which will be fully furnished and self-contained, will contribute to meeting the increasing need for accommodation and so much more. They will help to keep families together and relieve the uncertainty and financial burden of having to move to Melbourne for life-saving treatment.

As the Leukaemia Foundation receives no ongoing government funding, I urge your company, your community group, and you personally to support our Building of Hope by making a generous financial contribution to this extremely worthwhile project.

Robert Yeo

Leukaemia Foundation of Australia