Dry July helps cancer battlers

Donations needed: Rainee Naidu from Hinchinbrook wants the community to support Liverpool Council and donate to this year's Dry July. Picture: Simon Bennett

Donations needed: Rainee Naidu from Hinchinbrook wants the community to support Liverpool Council and donate to this year's Dry July. Picture: Simon Bennett

SURVIVING a month without alcohol should be a breeze for Rainee Naidu who has come through a two-year battle with Hodgkins lymphoma.

The Hinchinbrook woman has signed up this year's Dry July with Liverpool Cancer Therapy Centre and is calling on the community to get on board.

Dry July challenges people go one month without drinking alcohol while raising funds through sponsorship.

"It is a really important event," Miss Naidu said.

"Dry July goes straight to cancer patients to improve their wellness programs.

"It is very tough when you are going through chemotherapy and just to get out of that clinical atmosphere makes a huge difference."

Shortly after Miss Naidu's 21st birthday, she caught what she thought was a bad cold.

"Originally, I thought I had the flu but it didn't go away, then I got really bad night sweats and my hair started falling out.

"One night my mum took me to the emergency room and then I was stuck in hospital for two weeks doing tests.

"I did six months of chemotherapy and four months of radiotherapy. It wasn't until February this year that I finished my treatment and I have been OK since."

The Liverpool Cancer Therapy Centre supports more than 3100 cancer patients as well as follow-up therapy for 10,000 people in south-west Sydney each year.

Cancer Services district director Geoff Delaney said the Cancer Therapy Centre at Liverpool Hospital is proud to have participated in Dry July since 2011.

"Cure rates of many cancers are improving, so we need to prepare people to live.

"Unfortunately, cancer survivors and those who undergo cancer treatment have specific ongoing needs that are best addressed in a comprehensive Cancer Wellness program."

Funds from the 2014 Dry July campaign will be used to build and furnish a new Cancer Wellness Centre on Goulburn Street at Liverpool.

Donate: au.dryjuly.com/team/liverpoolcancertherapycentre.

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