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Dry July 2021 Campaign

Tuesday 25 May 2021

Go Dry this July to help people affected by cancer - I won't drink to that!

Programs that help people with cancer will be just a click away for patients across Australia and the world in 2021, all thanks to PA Research Foundation's and Dry July.

Many of the programs offered to cancer patients by the PA Hospital based Cancer Wellness Initiative, including wellness exercise programs, nutrition and dietary health advice, emotional wellbeing and living well programs, will be offered to cancer patients and their families through a new and improved website.

The website is being redesigned and rebuilt to incorporate consumer feedback and will focus the patient journey at the PA, giving patients greater familiarisation with their treatment team and the rooms and spaces they will be treated in. This focus will help patients to feel more comfortable and reduce the anxiety and uncertainty that comes with what can be a new and traumatic experience.

Each year, Dry July participants take on the challenge of going without alcohol or other vices for the month of July, raising vital funds to help people battling cancer. More than $44,000 was raised by 114 Dry July participants in 2020, with the nurses of Ward 2E leading the way to help their own patients, raising $5,400.

"Funds raised by Dry July participants have had a momentous impact on the lives of cancer patients at the PA, not only helping to establish the Cancer Wellness Initiative in early 2020 thanks to 2019 Dry July funds, but helping us to install high speed Wi-Fi across the cancer ward of the PA in 2021," PA Research Foundation Chief Executive Officer Damian Topp said.

"High speed Wi-Fi allows cancer patients, many of whom experience long stays in hospital to keep in touch with family and friends and have an escape from their treatment and time in hospital through surfing the web and enjoying services like Netflix.

"The Wi-Fi access, as well as programs like the Wellness Initiative's Leisure and Activity Maintenance Program, exercise physiology education and kindness massage programs, all of which are offered on campus at the PA, provide tangible benefits to the overall wellness of cancer patients at the PA."

Mr Topp said Dry July funds play a significant role in the Foundation's ability to continue achieving one of its key goals to advance patient care.

"As well as funding transformational health research, we are focused on finding ways to support patient wellbeing at the PA, our Dry July participants are vital in enabling us to put funding toward initiatives identified by clinicians, nurses and patients themselves that achieve that each year," he said.

"What better way to do something great for your health and helps people going through cancer at the same time than signing up for Dry July and raising funds for the PA Hospital."

Say cheers to a better life for people affected by cancer by creating a team and inviting your colleagues, family and friends or just going Dry this July yourself to help cancer patients at the PA Hospital here.