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Government grants hope with $500,000 to regional family accommodation

Publish Date: 20/5/2016

Each year hundreds of families impacted by a life-threatening blood cancer diagnosis must urgently relocate from regional and rural areas to Melbourne for life-saving treatment.


The Building of Hope, the Leukaemia Foundation’s $9.1 million Victorian Patient Accommodation Centre is nearing completion and the Victorian Government has helped fast-track the project with a generous and substantial financial contribution of $500,000 towards the new accommodation facility.

General Manager, Stephanie Hechenberger was thrilled with the result and is looking forward to welcoming families to a world class accommodation facility.  

“This important project will mean leukaemia patients and people with other from regional Victoria coming to Melbourne for treatment can have peace of mind not having to worry about where to stay, or whether their family can come with them”, said Minister for Health, Jill Hennessey. 

“Being able to stay across the road from the new Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre will mean regional people will have access to our best and brightest minds and cutting-edge cancer treatment”. 

The facility will also provide families with onsite support services through our team of specialised health professionals, haematology oncology nurses and allied health professionals.

The ribbon on the Building of Hope will be cut 16th June marking a milestone in service delivery infrastructure for people undergoing lifesaving treatment for blood cancer in Melbourne, with the doors to families opening in early July.

You can help us provide vital support for families who must leave their regional or rural home at short notice for highly specialised blood cancer treatment. Please donate to the Building of Hope today and learn more about the completion of the project at www.buildingofhope.org.au   

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