This year a group 19 MHF supporters will trek to the summit of not only Africa’s tallest peak but the world’s tallest free standing mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro. The summit, named Uhuru Point is 5895 metres (19,341 feet) above sea level. It is a significant challenge but nothing compared to what those battling brain cancer go through.
We are very excited to announce that this year’s funds will go directly to providing a new Brain Cancer Care Coordinator (BCCC) position for regional and rural areas of New South Wales including Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour and Tamworth.
We have seen the huge impact that our MHF funded BCCC have had over the last 3 years through the Hunter New England Health Area Network - having assisted over 450 brain cancer patients and their families, attended over 480 clinic appointments and made over 180 referrals to services such as social work, cancer council, emergency respite care, palliative care, psychology, occupational therapy, speech therapy, physiotherapy and other inpatient rehabilitation services. They have provided over 210 episodes of medical advice which quite often results in a patient not requiring presentation to an emergency department. They are also actively involved in supporting research such as biobanking, blood samples and whole brain donation. In addition, our BCCC also link patients to clinical trials across the country when deemed appropriate.
Amongst this year’s trekkers are NSW Origin Assistant coach Danny Buderus and Sydney Roosters premiership-winning Coach Trent Robinson. MHF are thrilled to have them on this trek, along with 19 other Foundation supporters.
Thank you to our Foundation Partner The Man Shake for donating 100K towards this trek. If you would like to donate to help us fund this BCCC nurse in regional NSW please do so here.