Westmead foundation raises spirits of cancer patients

Receiving a cancer diagnosis is never easy.

For many, the treatment patients require means they face a new set of challenges. Loss of hair, eyelashes and eyebrows can greatly affect patients’ self-esteem, and can be particularly difficult for women who equate those changes with a loss of femininity. 

Following the success of its Christmas cosmetics giveaway, Westmead Hospital Foundation - the fundraising arm of Westmead Hospital since 1990 - has provided pamper packs to patients receiving treatment in the Crown Princess Mary Cancer Centre, the Breast Cancer Institute at Westmead, and Women’s Health wards.

Working with Good360, an organisation which redistributes new excess stock and “ends of ranges” at a heavily discounted cost to charities, Westmead Hospital Foundation was able to make gifts for patients of cosmetics and skincare worth more than $6000.

Among the delighted recipients were Westmead Hospital patient Rosa Sciamanna and her partner Giuseppe DeBernardis (pictured above).

Nurse manager Noeline Rozanc at CPMCC said there was evidence women who underwent cancer treatment through chemotherapy or radiotherapy and suffered hair loss may feel vulnerable and lose their self-confidence.

Often, make-up is the last thing on a patient’s mind, but receiving such gifts can help restore some of that confidence and self-esteem. 

Westmead Hospital Foundation director Joe Conneely said he was happy to have been able to donate the gifts at Easter to help put a smile on the faces of patients undergoing treatment at Westmead Hospital. 

“Working with community groups such as Good 360, we are able to make a positive impact on the care of our patients. Supporting Westmead Hospital, staff and patients is at the heart of everything we do,” he said.

“We are keen to work with individuals, community groups, and corporate entities to assist and enhance with the world-class treatment and patient care given here at Westmead Hospital.”

Visit www.wmrf.org.au or contact the fundraising team on 1800 639 037 to find out more.