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Cancer journey inspires fundraising efforts

01 Aug 2022


When patients arrive at the Nepean Cancer Care Centre, they’re greeted by the friendly face of Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District COVID-19 Screener, Kelly Jager.

A familiar figure among patients and staff, Kelly’s cheerful welcomes come from the heart. Kelly’s own connection with the Centre is deeply personal and extends beyond it being her workplace. She’s not just a staff member at the Nepean Cancer Care Centre; Kelly’s also a patient.

Aged just 31 when she was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer, Kelly’s almost decade-long cancer journey at the Centre has included surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy and ongoing oral therapy for metastatic breast cancer.

Demonstrated in the personal touches she’s added to her day-to-day work, Kelly understands better than most the importance of helping to enhance the experience for patients at the Centre.

“Being in a position to know what patient’s experience when they come here and knowing what helps to make a difference for people has really helped me in this job,” says Kelly.

“I’ve put smiley faces on the screening dots and brought in a bell for patients to ring on their last treatment. You see the joy on their face from something small that gives them a happy experience during a tough journey.”

Knowing how important it is to enhance the experience for cancer patients, Kelly says she leapt at the chance to take part in this year’s Dry July fundraiser alongside her colleagues.

“I had no hesitation to do Dry July this year. Being a patient here, I’ve seen how much the funding has helped with patients’ treatments and their overall experience,” Kelly says.

Kelly’s fundraising efforts have so far seen her raise an impressive $2,600, contributing to the overall total of $43,000 raised by the outstanding efforts of Dry July participants, including our staff team, the Nepean Hospital Crusaders.

Though Dry July is over, the team’s fundraising will continue through out August and Kelly encourages the community to give to this important cause.

“Show your support for the Nepean Cancer Care Centre if you can. Cancer’s an ongoing illness that doesn’t just affect patients, but the carers and the families that go through the big journey with them as well,” Kelly says.

“Jump online and donate because every cent helps to make a difference.”

Dry July donations remain open throughout August. Don’t miss your chance to help local cancer patients. Donate now.