Canteen has run numerous “Over 18 Revolving Recreation Days”, Camps and other casual get togethers with a focus on fun and education for young adults suffering cancer and their support people. A camp the “Hobart Adventure” was run in 2013 with 34 participants with 3 other Rec days also held in 2013 and then camps in Pt Elliott and other Rec days in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018.
In 2019 we supported the Stronger Me program for over 18’s which has been acknowledged by the participants as one of the best programs yet creating a highly valued support network for young cancer sufferers.
We have provided funding of $105,000 since 2008 and wish to continue to fund and support these events in 2020 and beyond.
Women's & Childrens Hospital Foundation
We have commenced a fund within the W&CHF called the Chad Hancock Cancer Foundation Young Adult Support Fund to help cover everyday expenses for young adults going through cancer treatment. This fund has cover expenses like Telephone Bills, Dental Bills, Electricity Bills, Rent and even Food Vouchers.
This is a unique fund in Australia and provides very direct and needed financial support when young adults with cancer need it most. The fund has provided in excess of $235,000 to pay for these expenses and support over the last 10 years.
Youth Cancer Service
When the Chad Hancock Cancer Foundation for Young Adults was first started there were no dedicated support services for adolescent and young adults with cancer. However, in the last 15 years since the commencement of the charity we have seen the appointment of a Cancer Care Coordinator and a Social Worker dedicated to the care of Adolescents & Young Adults with cancer. This service has since been expanded and rebranded as the Youth Cancer Service SA/NT.
The Youth Cancer Service SA/NT now has a Program Manager, a part time paediatric Oncologist (0.2 FTE) base at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital and a part time Oncologist (0.4 FTE) base at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. There are also a number of allied health professionals dedicated to the psychosocial and rehabilitation needs of AYA’s with cancer. The Youth Cancer Service now has a Psychologist, two part time Social Workers (0.5 FTE), a Clinical Nurse, an Exercise Physiologist, a music therapist, a data manager and an admin assistant.
The Chad Hancock Foundation provides funding to the Youth Cancer Service to assist patients with utility bills and gym memberships to assist patients during their cancer treatment. We will continue to work closely with them to raise awareness of the need for further support.