Generous Macarthur residents have raised almost $4 million for local cancer services in just 12 years.
The 24 Hour Fight Against Cancer Macarthur is expected to pass the magic $4 million mark after this month’s walkathon event is held.
Every single dollar has been donated by members of the community to directly benefit Macarthur’s cancer patients and their families, with the charity each year allocating funds to meet a wishlist provided by Campbelltown and Camden hospitals.
Charity deputy chairwoman Sue McGarrity said the 24 Hour Fight provided a valuable resource in the region.
“Many of the hospital’s cancer programs and equipment would not be able to happen without additional funding,” she said.
“The 24 Hour Fight helps to fill that funding gap.
“The hospitals are very grateful for that support and recognise how important and valuable it is to the community.
“We try and deliver what we can, a mixture of equipment, support and programs.”
Funds raised this year will go towards several important pieces of cutting edge medical equipment and supplementary services.
Ms McGarrity said items included cooling caps, pain relief pumps, exercise classes and the services of a specialist oncology masseuse.
“We provided cooling caps, which allow people undergoing chemotherapy to keep their hair, to the hospital on last year’s wishlist and they’ve been so successful they’ve asked us for more,” she said.
“We’re getting caps of different sizes, because the caps don’t cover everyone’s heads so they’re still losing some hair.
“Some of the other programs are all about the overall wellbeing of the patient.
“It’s not just the surgeon comes in and cuts out the cancer and then off you go – it’s looking after their health overall.”
The 24 Hour Fight Against Cancer’s major event – the walkathon – will be held on Saturday, October 21 and Sunday, October 22 at Campbelltown Athletics Stadium, Leumeah.
Participants can register to take part at 24hrfight.org.au.
The day will include entertainment, stalls and kids activities.
Ms McGarrity encouraged everyone to take the time to stop by, even for an hour.
“It’s a local event all about local people helping each other,” she said.
“We all know somebody who has been affected by cancer and the generous Macarthur community helps these people out.
“You don’t know how much these donations help until it hits someone you love.”