Founding Patron of the Sporting Chance Cancer Foundation. We are all saddened to hear of the passing of Reg. Until recent illness took over Reg was an active participant in our fundraising efforts. We wouldn’t be where we are today, funding just under $1 Million p.a, without Reg’s involvement. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Maureen and family.
The foundation would like to thank Fujitsu – "Australia's Favourite Air" for their ongoing support. As well as providing major financial support to our programs Fujitsu cover our administration costs which are just under $50,000 p.a.
This means that 100% of donations from other sources including you goes directly to our fight against cancer and the support of those who suffer from it.
In QLD Sporting Chance fund the Raelene Boyle Telehealth and Outreach Program which operates from Brisbane Children’s Hospital.
The Telehealth program is a palliative care program where not only oncology children but all palliative care children get to go spend precious time at home, communicating with our Nurse, Natalie Bradford, back in Brisbane via laptops and webcams provided by Sporting Chance. This is an invaluable program whereby the families can deal with this time in the comfort of their own home.
The Bob Skilton Outreach program operates out of the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne. Our nurse travels throughout regional hospitals ensuring each area can cope with the care of oncology patients. Centres serviced are Goulburn Valley Health, Ballarat Health Services, Bendogo Health Care Group, Albury Base Hospital, Barwon Health and South West Health Care.
The Greg Blewett Outreach Program commenced at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital on July 13th 2009. Approximately 60 new patients are diagnosed at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital Department of Clinical Haematology/Oncology each year, with approximately 30% of the families coming from greater than 100km from the treatment centre. Since 1st January 2010, rather than the 30% expected we have had almost 40% of new patients from regional Australia and eligible for the outreach programme. Visits are undertaken to the key areas which included Darwin, Alice Springs, Mildura, Broken Hill, Mount Gambier, Port Augusta, and Berri.
In NSW Sporting Chance funds the Mark Taylor Outreach Program which is both a metropolitan and regional service. The metropolitan program enables our nurse to treat children in the comfort of their own home whilst the regional program educates local nurses in the treatment of ‘kids with cancer’ so that they may spend as much time at home as possible.
The Sporting Chance Cancer Foundation was formed in 1998 by former Australian Cricket Captain Mark Taylor, Rugby League legend Reg Gasnier, Olympian Raelene Boyle and Triple Brownlow Medallist Bob Skilton.
We are a non-for-profit organisation committed to financially supporting:
• Mobile home care units that help make life easier for children with cancer
• A number of research scholarships for doctors and scientists exploring better ways to treat and overcome cancer
Other patrons include racing identy Ken Calendar, Wallaby great, Stirling Mortlock and QLD state of origin player Mark Coyne.
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