There is a widespread and overwhelming expectation from the community at large that a person with metastatic cancer (cancer that has spread to other parts of the body) has no hope of living and that death is imminent. This expectation can be demoralising and depressing to the person living with cancer. This charity has been established to assist those people with the disease to overcome negative thought processes and emotions by providing a forum for them to identify goals, dreams and aspirations to live for, and helping them to achieve those in every way possible. At the same time, we seek to create awareness in the community that it is possible to live a full life while living with metastatic cancer. (There are very few support systems for people with metastatic cancer (as opposed to those who have experienced a single cancer episode) and we seek to provide one such system.
What is Dreams2Live4?
It is a charity that provides an opportunity for people with metastatic cancer who are patients at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Randwick, to identify and then realise their dreams. It is hoped that this gives them goals upon which to focus and helps them to live a positive healthy life. If a person is living their dreams, they are not dying. There is excitement and anticipation in identifying, planning, and focussing on a “dream”! When it is achieved, there is a feeling of joy and positive well-being that lasts beyond the dream itself. All this translates to a healthy state of mind that benefits people with cancer.
Dreams might include:
My dream is to be.... (For example: My dream is to be a back up singer at a concert with a large crowd; my dream is to be a chef for a day and cook beside Jamie Oliver etc.)
My dream is to meet..... (For example: I wish to meet Kylie Minogue/George Gregan etc)
How does it work?
People who are living with metastatic cancer (advanced cancer) are referred to the charity by their oncologists at the Prince of Wales Hospital. Alternatively people can apply to have their dream fulfilled by filling out an application form, these can be found at the hospital.
Who is behind the charity?
The concept of Dreams2Live4 is the brainchild of Annie Robinson, a remarkable lady who has metastatic cancer. It has been formed under umbrella of the Prince of Wales Hospital Foundation, and is managed by the Dreams2Live4 committee, which is chaired by Annie.
What can I do to help?
The committee is now focused on attracting supporters so that they have the ability to make dreams realities through a wide reaching network. Additionally we seek donations through the pledging of funds. Pledges can be made by phoning or emailing Annie Robinson, or alternatively a pledge card can be downloaded from our Internet site.
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