A letter from our Founder, Dr David Joske | Solaris Cancer Care

A letter from our Founder, Dr David Joske

I want to thank each of you for supporting our May We Survive 2020. COVID-19 has brought many new challenges, but you have shown us that we are stronger when we stand together. Through your efforts, we have raised $138,790 this May so far, and with pledges still to come in, we are more than confident we will hit our target of $150,000. This is a fantastic achievement in the current pandemic and economic crisis.

We acknowledge particularly generous support from Woodside and the McCusker Charitable Foundation.

At Solaris Cancer Care, every dollar goes a long way to creating a positive impact. This May, your generosity will enable us to:

•             Maintain all our current wellness programs and support groups (online and face-to-face) into next year

•             Engage more counsellors to increase our tele-health and personal support services, particularly to regional areas

•             Diversify our online wellness video production content to offer a suite of programs, ranging from creative art to meditation, for free, with new content coming in the next few weeks; and.

•             Introduce new wellness programs such as Flourish: The Art of Happiness, Braving the Wilderness, and Dying to Know Day

The statistics are dire: 13,500 West Australians are diagnosed with cancer annually. However, at Solaris, we empower our patients to transform trauma into self-management when dealing with cancer. When I founded Solaris in 2001, I did so to offer more support in handling symptoms and side effects; but also to try to give patients the chance for a richer appreciation of life. Good can arise out of bad and from the trauma of being diagnosed, can come a renewed zest for life.

You have ensured Solaris can continue to nurture protective spaces for cancer patients, families, and carers to discover themselves and gain hope. We can maintain our range of evidence-based wellness, counselling, complementary therapies, and educational workshops because of your faith and support in the work we do.

Your donations directly impact those affected like Christine, our documentary’s director. We encourage you to hear her moving words and thank her for sharing her experience  - view here

I want to thank each of you for supporting our May We Survive 2020. COVID-19 has brought many new challenges, but you have shown us that we are stronger when we stand together. Through your efforts, we have raised $138,790 this May so far, and with pledges still to come in, we are more than confident we will hit our target of $150,000. This is a fantastic achievement in the current pandemic and economic crisis.

We acknowledge particularly generous support from Woodside and the McCusker Charitable Foundation.

At Solaris Cancer Care, every dollar goes a long way to creating a positive impact. This May, your generosity will enable us to:

•             Maintain all our current wellness programs and support groups (online and face-to-face) into next year

•             Engage more counsellors to increase our tele-health and personal support services, particularly to regional areas

•             Diversify our online wellness video production content to offer a suite of programs, ranging from creative art to meditation, for free, with new content coming in the next few weeks; and.

•             Introduce new wellness programs such as Flourish: The Art of Happiness, Braving the Wilderness, and Dying to Know Day

The statistics are dire: 13,500 West Australians are diagnosed with cancer annually. However, at Solaris, we empower our patients to transform trauma into self-management when dealing with cancer. When I founded Solaris in 2001, I did so to offer more support in handling symptoms and side effects; but also to try to give patients the chance for a richer appreciation of life. Good can arise out of bad and from the trauma of being diagnosed, can come a renewed zest for life.

You have ensured Solaris can continue to nurture protective spaces for cancer patients, families, and carers to discover themselves and gain hope. We can maintain our range of evidence-based wellness, counselling, complementary therapies, and educational workshops because of your faith and support in the work we do.

Your donations directly impact those affected like Christine, our documentary’s director. We encourage you to hear her moving words and thank her for sharing her experience VIEW HERE

I want to thank each of you for supporting our May We Survive 2020. COVID-19 has brought many new challenges, but you have shown us that we are stronger when we stand together. Through your efforts, we have raised $138,790 this May so far, and with pledges still to come in, we are more than confident we will hit our target of $150,000. This is a fantastic achievement in the current pandemic and economic crisis.

We acknowledge particularly generous support from Woodside and the McCusker Charitable Foundation.

At Solaris Cancer Care, every dollar goes a long way to creating a positive impact. This May, your generosity will enable us to:

•             Maintain all our current wellness programs and support groups (online and face-to-face) into next year

•             Engage more counsellors to increase our tele-health and personal support services, particularly to regional areas

•             Diversify our online wellness video production content to offer a suite of programs, ranging from creative art to meditation, for free, with new content coming in the next few weeks; and.

•             Introduce new wellness programs such as Flourish: The Art of Happiness, Braving the Wilderness, and Dying to Know Day

The statistics are dire: 13,500 West Australians are diagnosed with cancer annually. However, at Solaris, we empower our patients to transform trauma into self-management when dealing with cancer. When I founded Solaris in 2001, I did so to offer more support in handling symptoms and side effects; but also to try to give patients the chance for a richer appreciation of life. Good can arise out of bad and from the trauma of being diagnosed, can come a renewed zest for life.

You have ensured Solaris can continue to nurture protective spaces for cancer patients, families, and carers to discover themselves and gain hope. We can maintain our range of evidence-based wellness, counselling, complementary therapies, and educational workshops because of your faith and support in the work we do.

Your donations directly impact those affected like Christine, our documentary’s director. We encourage you to hear her moving words and thank her for sharing her experience.

Our team continues to receive great feedback about our online services. I was recently invited to share our perspective with the Society for Integrative Oncology (SIO) on moving supportive cancer care online. I am excited to tell you that our research team will be investing time into evaluating the impact of online care.

May has passed but May We Survive 2020 and our goal of $150,000 continues. As we strive to meet the unmet needs of over 10,000 West Australian cancer patients, we ask for your continued support. Please help us provide one free counselling session to a family with a $60 or more donation. 

I firmly believe that community spirit instigates change. I encourage you to learn how you can help us here so you can get your community involved in a myriad of simple ways.

On behalf of the entire Solaris Cancer Care family, we thank you for your generosity and hope you will continue to be our ally in the months and years ahead. Many, many thanks.

Sincerely,              

Dr David Joske
Solaris Cancer Care Chairman and Founder