Cancer relief a step closer
By ALLAN McNEILallanm@gladstoneobserver.com.au
EVERY day of the year someone from Gladstone will be in Brisbane receiving treatment for leukaemia.
Queensland Leukaemia Foundation figures show that last year Gladstone residents needed 364 nights of accommodation while they undertook treatment.
These figures don't include the numbers of residents that receive treatment locally.
And while visiting doctors to Gladstone such as haemato-oncologist Dr Andrew Nicol are a godsend, the figures prove there is a vital need for accommodation for those that must go to Brisbane for treatment.
In town yesterday on his fortnightly Gladstone rounds, Dr Nicol said with so many having to travel for treatment, the effects on families could be extreme.
He said it was important for these families to have suitable accommodation in Brisbane because they usually had to drop everything at the last minute for extended periods of time.
To help alleviate accommodation concerns for local patients and their families, seven locals will embark on a 530km walk to Brisbane in an effort to raise $100,000.
Proceeds from the walk will go towards the construction of an accommodation unit in Brisbane to be called the Gladstone Region Walk of Hope Unit.
Tax deductible donations for the Walk of Hope can be made by phoning 1800 804 444 or 4978 7622.
Businesses wanting to sponsor the event can phone Kim Turner on 0417 002 046.