Donations have come thick and fast in the last couple of weeks and a surprise (and unbelievably generous) $100,000 gift from the Peter’s Project Foundation sealed the deal. In fact, the Foundation’s donation (with their blessing) allowed us to buy even better software for our prostate cancer detector. The final price tag was $304,000.
We’re thrilled to report we will be the first public hospital in Australia to have this particular machine and software. Only one other Australian hospital owns it, and that’s a private hospital.
For people and groups who’ve been promoting future fundraising events for this now-closed appeal, we’ve identified an additional piece of prostate cancer-specific Operating Theatre equipment for you to consider putting your proceeds towards. The prostate cancer detector we’re about to order identifies where the cancer is, what type of cancer it is, and how advanced it is. If it’s caught early enough (which is the aim) we can perform Trans Urethral Resection Prostate (TURP) surgery with equipment utilising monopolar diathermy. We want to upgrade this equipment. Replacing monopolar diathermy with BIPOLAR DIATHERMY will significantly reduce the risk of surgical complications.
Please note that we are not encouraging anyone to organise any new event for this new cause. We’re pretty certain the already-organised future events will raise the money we need. (If that changes we’ll get back to you.)
There’s a few VERY big fundraising events organised by local people coming up – in particular Ray Anderson’s Johnny Cash Tribute Concert at Mortlake this Saturday night, Warrnambool’s Unmasking the Future masquerade ball on July 28, and a wildly-exciting Bike & Rod Ride on October 20. We’re 100% certain local people will be just as thrilled to support the bipolar diathermy cause as the now-closed Prostate Cancer Detector Appeal. It’ll result in our community having another amazing piece of prostate cancer-specific equipment for local men.
Before wrapping up, we’d like to thank – from the bottom of our ♥ – the amazing donors who’ve supported our Prostate Cancer Detector Appeal over the past 16 weeks, and let you know who the final donors are:
photo 1 > Local prostate cancer survivors, appeal donors and the man who will use the prostate cancer detector celebrate the news that the appeal’s over: Neil Matheson (from left), urologist Mr Adee Davidson, Peter’s Project Foundation director Vicki Jellie, Bob Hesketh, Peter’s Project Foundation board member Glenys Phillpot and Warrnambool Racing Club CEO Peter Downs.
photo 2 > Bob, Adee, Neil and SWH Prostate Cancer Detector Appeal manager Suzan Morey.