Bloomhill Cancer Care is launching its Greatest Need Appeal, celebrating 25 years providing personalised support to those touched by cancer.

“We’re delighted to launch our Greatest Need Appeal, which will run throughout the month of April,” CEO Christopher John says.

“This month, please join with us as we begin celebrating Bloomhill Cancer Care’s incredible 25-year legacy.

“The Greatest Need Fund is for individuals or organisations who want to give but want their dollars to go toward the most urgent shortfalls, across any area of the organisation, from nurse wages to paying the main operating expenses.

“We are a community-based organisation and receive no ongoing government funding. Almost 100 per cent of our funding comes from our entrepreneurial endeavours and community donations, which allows us to provide dedicated care services for those touched by cancer.

“Over the past year, we have supported more than 1400 people and provide more than 7120 occasions of nursing, allied health care and wellness activities each year at our wellness centre in Buderim.”

One of those many people who have been helped by Bloomhill is Shelly Rankin. 

She was 20 years old, fit and healthy. After visiting her GP for the 10th time to find out why her cold wouldn’t go away, and after several tests and an X-ray, she was told she had Hodgkin’s lymphoma. 

Six rounds of chemotherapy and six months later, Shelly’s treatments were successful, the tumour was gone and she was in remission. Blood tests and other scans have shown no evidence of the disease. She has six-monthly check-ups and monitors for symptoms, but as far as she knows is cancer free.

When Shelly found Bloomhill Cancer Care and came to the wellness centre in Buderim, she felt relief that there were people who “just got it”.

“What’s helped me is having a community who understand,” Shelly says. “Even if they’re not your age or your cancer, people get it. You just talk to people and keep in touch; find like-minded people. We’re all a lot more mature than others our age. Nobody else really gets it.”

To help with the Greatest Need Appeal visit bloomhill.com.au/appeal/greatest-need.

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