Grants program to ease burden on cancer patients

THE Cancer Council Queensland is calling for Gladstone region hospital departments and community organisations that enhance support for those affected by cancer to apply for a share of $100,000 through its 2014 community grants program.

The program helps eligible organisations to apply for funding of up to $10,000 for cancer-related initiatives that aim to ease some of the discomfort and distress often caused by cancer treatment.

Last year, 35 organisations across the state benefited from Cancer Council Queensland's grants program.

The program funded applications for items including special recliners, pressure-relieving mattresses and cushions, cooling devices, soft furnishings, electronic entertainment items, decorative room curtains and other individual care items.

"This initiative will improve comfort and quality of life for cancer patients by funding items and equipment ... for people affected by cancer and their carers," Cancer Council Queensland spokeswoman Katie Clift said.

Applications for the 2014 round of funding close on May 2.

All public and private community health care providers in Queensland are eligible to apply.

Application forms are available at www.cancerqld.org.au or by phoning the Cancer Council Helpline on 13 11 20.



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