Forge A Better Future

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Each year, donations from thousands of supporters enable the Leukaemia Foundation to maintain 174 one, two and three bedroom units across Australia. Thanks to the generous support of the community these units are provided free of charge to patients, families and carers during blood cancer treatment.

Herston Village was constructed in 1989 and is located 700m from the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. Since then it has served as a home-away-from-home for many hundreds of patients.

Its 13 units have provided a clean and caring environment for patients during treatment and rehabilitation.

Herston Village is incredibly well used. In the last three years these units have provided a home to 28 children and 145 adults – all blood cancer patients.

But the Herston Village units must be rebuilt now or their use as a safe and low risk environment for patients and families will be compromised.

Without the rebuild, the Village will not be able to function and families may have to stay in a potentially unsafe and unsuitable accommodation. Recovery will take longer. Lives may be at risk.

You can help rebuild Herston Village and forge a better future for the many regional and rural families who desperately need a home-away-from-home in Brisbane during their treatment. See your designated gift opportunities (PDF) »

WATCH HOW YOUR GIFT WILL IMPROVE CARE FOR PATIENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES

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LYN CHIOZZINI – BLOOD CANCER PATIENT My whole life is in Innisfail; my children, grandchildren, home, friends, community. But when I was diagnosed with leukaemia in October 2015 I had to leave my life behind and travel 1700km to Brisbane with my husband, Gino, to start cancer treatment – a terrifying thought.

We had no idea what we were facing, how long we’d be away, or where Gino would stay while I was in hospital.

You can’t imagine the relief we felt when the Leukaemia Foundation was there to help – like angels from heaven. They had a unit for Gino to stay in at Herston Village, only minutes from the Royal Brisbane Hospital where I was being treated.

I realised what a special place Herston Village was when he came to the hospital with stories of how the other carers, patients and support staff at the village looked after each other. One of the other carers even cooked meals for Gino so he didn’t have to. I could face my treatment knowing that he wasn’t alone.

He had people around him at the village who understood what he was going through.

It’s now been more than sixty days after my stem cell transplant, which will hopefully destroy my leukaemia. It was incredibly tough but now Herston Village has become my home too – my community. What blows my mind is that we won’t have to pay one cent for the months we will stay.

How do you put a price on love, comfort, peace of mind, a safe haven – those are the priceless things we have found at Herston Village.

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You can help rebuild Herston Village and forge a better future for the many regional and rural families who desperately need a home-away-from-home in Brisbane during their treatment.

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Your gift to rebuild Herston Village will provide a better future for patients and families affected by blood cancers. See your designated gift opportunities (PDF) »