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KARON PHOTOGRAPHY 6802Personal experience with cancer motivates four young mums to make a difference.

"We have each had family and friends touched by cancer, so we know how hard it can be," explain Shades of Pink founders Kat, Sarah, Mary-Anne and Sarah.

The group of friends, who founded 'Shades of Pink' to help women affected by breast cancer, host annual luncheons and events.

All proceeds support the Eastern Health Breast and Cancer Centre, part of Maroondah Hospital.

"Our events are an opportunity for women to get together and share their stories. It’s very powerful," they explain.

This year, the group vowed to rally the community in support of new 3D mammogram equipment.

"Our second luncheon, hosted by Bramleigh Estate, raised an amazing $117,000 to help women being screened and treated for breast cancer.

"In the end, breast cancer could affect any one of our Shades of Pink guests or their loved ones," they share. "It’s a powerful motivator to make a difference."

Eastern Health Foundation and Shades of Pink would like to thank the following companies for their most generous support:

-Antarctica Flights
-Bramleigh Estate
-Buildcept
-Coopersmith Group
-Eastland
-John Alan Betta Home Living
-O'Brien Real Estate
-Ringwood Mazda
-Silversea
-The Stile List
-TTFN

Find out more at shadesofpink.com.au

Community kindness profoundly touched Bonnie, a young mum battling breast cancer. Thank you for your generosity.

Life is looking brighter for Bonnie because of donors like you

Two years ago, when I was 41 years old, I found a suspicious lump in my breast.

When the test results came back, my worst fears were confirmed. I’ll never forget being told I had cancer.

I went to pieces.

I was so scared.

Shane and I had to tell our three young kids that night. It was such a hard conversation, but they were so strong and brave.

During chemotherapy and radiation, I kept working. I was exhausted, but the bills didn’t stop for cancer – nothing does.

Since then, I have shared my story publically to raise awareness. I encourage women to self-check and have free breast screen tests from the age of 40.

Early detection can save lives.

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Just like you, I want to help other people going through cancer. I won’t let my battle be for nothing.

Life is finally starting to return to normal for me – but I’ll always worry about my cancer coming back.

Thanks to donors like you, I will have access to the best cancer technology

I was deeply moved to learn that kind-hearted donors were doing their part to raise $360,000 for new breast cancer equipment.

I’m so grateful for your support. If I need more breast cancer tests in the future, I can access the latest 3D technology. Thank you!

This encouraged me to donate an additional $4,000 for the 3D equipment from my very own fundraiser.

Like you, I want the latest cancer detection technology available for all women.3D tests can mean the difference between an early or late diagnosis.

Making a donation is my way of saying ‘thanks a million’ to my doctors and nurses who were my rock during treatment. It’s people like you who keep me going. Thank you!

You can read more about Bonnie's story in the Winter edition of 'Because of you'.

It's not too late to make a donation today

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Join us for a sensational night out to support local children and young people who have a parent with a mental illness. 

Hosted by the Yarra Valley Grammar Giving Circle

100% of the ticket price will support children who have a parent with a mental illness. 

Date: Friday 31 August 2018
Time: 7:30pm
Location : Bramleigh Estate, 420 Ringwood-Warrandyte Road, Warrandyte South, VIC 3113
Dress code: Cocktail with a mask


Guests will enjoy:

Be breast cancer aware help sheetDo you know what to look for or how often a woman should be checking her breasts for signs of breast cancer?

Download our free 'Be breast cancer aware' help sheet.

If you find a breast change that is unusual for you, we recommend that you see a doctor without delay. 

Help save lives from breast cancer and keep families together

Our new Breast and Cancer Centre opened in April 2018. You and your loved ones now have access to state-of-the-art facilities for breast cancer screening and treatment.

In order to complete the project, we urgently need your help to fit out the Centre with the latest 3D mammography technology.

Your gift will help more women access the latest cancer detection technology

Your gift will help to upgrade two existing mammogram machines with the latest 3D technology and purchase a brand new machine to ensure we meet increasing demand.

The upgraded machines will give more women the opportunity to receive 3D screening. It will also enable further research that could pave the way for all women in the country being screened in 3D.

The brand new machine will be available to women showing breast cancer symptoms. It will have a lower radiation dose than the current equipment, be more comfortable for patients and have the ability to take tissue samples.

All three of these machines will be located at our brand new Breast and Cancer Centre at Maroondah Hospital.

IMG 9389Are smart watches that track heart rates accurate for people who have heart problems?

'Smart technology' is part of daily life. We have smart phones, smart cars and smart refrigerators.

Some of us even use smart watches to track our daily health and fitness activity.

But are smart watches accurate?

Dr Andrew Teh, Jinthin Sajeev and Louise Roberts decided to find out.

As Dr Teh says, “I’m a cardiologist with an interest in electrophysiology. Our research is looking into smart technologies and their potential role in cardiovascular health”.

Advances in research and technology have meant patients have a greater chance of survival. As Louise explains, “in the 1960s, the survival rate was 60%. People never fully recovered as we didn’t know what drugs to give them. Today, the survival rate is 96% because of research and advancements in healthcare”.

The team understand that smart technology is progressing faster than the healthcare system. They often consult with cardiac patients who are tracking their own heart rates at home using smart watches.

"Patients wonder whether the data they are colleting from their smart watch is reliable," explains Dr Teh. "As the watches and other devices have been designed for fitness, this left doctors unable to determine if the data was reliable".

The team is focussing on whether smart devices are accurate, by comparing the results from Apple and Fitbit watches to a medical-grade telemetry unit that records an accurate heart rate.

"Smart devices may help medical teams in the future to understand what happens to a patient once they leave hospital and resume their lives," says Dr Teh.

Find out more about Research Grants that benefit patients at Eastern Health.

Mammog MH cheque presentation 110518 cropThe Knox Club is supporting the purchase of a new 3D mammography machine for the recently opened Eastern Health Breast and Cancer Centre at Maroondah Hospital.

"A number of Knox Club members have been diagnosed with cancer and are patients at Maroondah Hospital," explains Andrew Jensen, Treasurer, Knox Club.

"We are proud that the fundraising from our annual Charity Golf Day is directly benefitting their treatment as well as helping other women.

"We value supporting the wider community," says Andrew.

"In fact, a number of our members have utilized the scalp cooling service at Maroondah Hopsital that we supported in 2017," he says.

"Our golf day is a very emotional day for everyone. At the end of the day, we ask anyone who’s had cancer to join us on stage,’ Andrew explains.

"It’s great to see everyone sharing that emotion, knowing our fundraising is staying local," says Andrew.

IMG 2620 cropCongratulations to Bronwyn Buckland who recently crossed the finish line on her epic fundraising walk!

Bronwyn walked every day for two weeks, leaving Adelaide on 14 April 2018 and arriving at Box Hill Hospital on 27 April 2018.

Bronwyn has been raising money for cancer patients at Box Hill Hospital to say thank you for all the care her loved one received when they were diagnosed with Leukaemia.

All proceeds from Bronwyn’s campaign will be used facilitate wellbeing programs for cancer patients and their families at Box Hill Hospital.

Learn more about Bronwyn's challenge on Facebook.

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DSC 0016Bronwyn Buckland is walking over 780kms from Adelaide to Melbourne in April 2018 to raise funds for cancer services at Box Hill Hospital to say ‘thank you’. 

When a close family member was diagnosed with Leukemia in 2015, Bronwyn was understandably shocked.

"My family member was in and out of Ward 4.1 (oncology) at Box Hill Hospital for over six months," she explains.  "They were valiant and fought hard to beat it, but being a young person, it was also an emotionally hard time to navigate."

During that time, Bronwyn and her family were grateful for both the medical care received and the wellbeing programs Eastern Health makes available to patients and their loved ones.

"Any cancer battle is a fierce fight, but knowing you also have the added support of programs that assist the patient and their family to better manage their day to day struggles is so reassuring," says Bronwyn.

With her loved one now in remission, Bronwyn would like to fulfil one of her ‘bucket list’ goals of completing an interstate walk as a ‘thank you’ for the care her family received during that difficult time.

"I will walk from Adelaide to Melbourne to raise funds for Box Hill Hospital. I am so grateful that we as a family were given the opportunity of another chance. That’s a gift - one to be shared with other families that are given a cancer diagnosis," she explains.

Bronwyn will walk solo for two weeks, leaving Adelaide on 14 April 2018 and arriving at Box Hill Hospital on 27 April 2018.

All proceeds from Bronwyn’s campaign will be used facilitate wellbeing programs for cancer patients and their families at Box Hill Hospital.

To support Bronwyn, please visit her Walk for Ward Four fundraising page or find her on Facebook.

PeterHitchenerCathLab2Eastern Health Foundation were thrilled to welcome our Patron, Peter Hitchener to tour the cardiac theatres at Box Hill Hospital recently.

Peter met with Dr Jennifer Cooke, Director of Cardiology, as well as other doctors, cath lab staff and researchers (pictured right) to learn more about how we help people who have a heart condition, including patients who have had a heart attack.

"I hope you'll support Eastern Health Foundation in helping to fund cardiac research and equipment," says Peter.

Thank you for your wonderful support, Peter!