Stars of Gunnedah - Dance for Cancer iwere on last Saturday night and the event was all about helping fund vital Cancer Support Services in the local region. Cancer Council NSW has been providing Hunter, New England and North West residents with free patient transport to treatment since 2014.  The service was set up specifically to support cancer patients and their families who would otherwise have no way of getting to their vital cancer treatments at the North West Cancer Centre.

The Transport to Treatment service ensures that residents who are facing a cancer diagnosis have one less thing to worry about and consists of a Cancer Council provided vehicle and a team of dedicated volunteer drivers.

“Our volunteer drivers support cancer patients and their families who travel to treatment, often at short notice and from quite remote locations,” said Robyn Cathcart, Community Programs Coordinator from Cancer Council NSW.  “It’s not unusual for our drivers to get home late in the evening after a patient’s treatment has been delayed or complications have occurred, to ensure that patients return home safely.”

So Far this financial year the Transport to Treatment service has provided 15 return trips from Gunnedah to the North West Cancer Centre for treatment.  That is 2,370km of free transport, as well as 310 trips travelling over 8,500km throughout the wider Hunter New England area to ensure patients receive vital cancer treatment at the North West Cancer Centre.

Cancer Council’s Transport to Treatment is made possible through funds raised from community events such as the upcoming Stars of Gunnedah being held on 2nd December at the Gunnedah Bowling and Services Club.  Fundraising at these events helps to ensure that this important support service is maintained in the local community.

Elizabeth Edwards from Gunnedah regularly uses the patient transport service which has taken much of the stress out of the experience for her.

“The Transport to Treatment program is a fantastic example of how Cancer Council NSW is providing valuable support to residents at a local level,” said Ms Edwards.

”It has meant that I don’t have to worry about how I am going to get to treatment. The team contact me each week to confirm arrangements and the drivers have been wonderful. It’s great to know that money raised is spent helping people in the community in which I live and enables me to be independent,” she said.

For Transport to Treatment enquiries, contact Shaen Fraser at Inala House on 67678880.