Friends of the Foundation increase regional support services
Publish Date: 14/4/2016
More than 1300 Western Australians are expected to begin a long and gruelling journey with a blood cancer this year and generous people like Gayle Harman play a vital role in helping us reduce the turmoil these families will experience.
Gayle (pictured left) began her role as Friends of the Foundation coordinator in Albany in 2012 after helping to organise “Neil’s Walk’, a fundraising walk from Perth to Albany, in memory of her brother Neil Stephens who died from pro lymphocytic leukaemia in 2010.
The members of the Albany Friends of the Foundation group often, but not always, have a blood cancer journey to share. Gayle says they are passionate about raising community awareness of blood cancers and ensuring families in their community have access to the free support services provided by the Leukaemia Foundation.
Gayle says she wants to make life easier for other families’ dealing with a blood cancer diagnosis, especially regional people who must relocate to Perth for treatment. Gayle says Friends of the Foundation has been such a rewarding experience.
“Coordinating Friends of the Foundation gives me a great sense of achievement and I feel I’m doing something to help someone else. It gives meaning to Neil’s life being cut short,” said Gayle. “We are instrumental in making a difference to the lives of families when their lives are turned upside-down.”
“Don’t think ‘I can’t do this’. You can. I did and over time your group will grow and the profile of blood cancers will grow,” said Gayle. “The Leukaemia Foundation is doing a wonderful job for many people without ongoing government funding, so think no longer, get active and either join or start up your own Friends of the Foundation group.”
The Leukaemia Foundation receives no government funding, so we rely on your generous support to sustain our work in the community.