Bayview Students Inspired To Help Cancer Patients

Thursday, 3 September 2015
Two Bayview College students touched by cancer have done their part in making treatment easier for Portland chemotherapy patients.

Sophie Hardingham, 15, who was affected by cancer when her Nan was diagnosed earlier this year, and her friend Aleisha Campbell, approached Bayview College staff to raise funds through a casual day and cake stall.

Their efforts culminated in a casual clothing and cake sale day last Friday at school which raised $571.15, more than half the amount required for Portland District Health (PDH) to purchase a new Alaris Module.

An Alaris LVP Module is a side pod that attaches onto an IV Pump to allow more than one medication to be administered to a cancer patient.

PDH Sub-Acute Nurse Unit Manager Natalie Herbertson, who manages the chemotherapy unit, said it had been a fantastic effort by the students.

PDH needs more of these units due to the demand of more complex patients requiring several different medications administered via an IV Pump, she said.

Sophie said her Nan spent time in Melbourne at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, where she was provided wonderful support.I thought I could be part of fundraising efforts locally after I heard about the chemotherapy unit in Portland. she said.

The teachers helped me to organise the fundraising day and they have been really supportive. Aleisha, my Nan and I cooked all sorts of sweet treats to sell to students.

PDH CEO Chris Giles said the introduction of the chemotherapy unit had saved patients travel and inconvenience during a difficult time in their lives.

Portland District Health Chemotherapy Unit opened 12 months ago and treatments have far exceeded the contracted 90 treatments, with 240 treatments having been completed at the end of June, she said.

We're thrilled to have the support of the Bayview College students and appreciate the support to raise funds.

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