Jon usually works full time and the wife three days a week – both have had to stop working (if you were living in Sydney, most likely one person could continue working at least to some extent – not possible here)
With no money coming in bills add up quickly The family had not even heard of IPTAAS until they met Can Assist part way through their treatment. According to the wife “the forms were the most difficult forms she had filled out her entire life” she was incredibly stressed with her husband had no idea how to get around Sydney. Seeking the referring surgeon signature was difficult, chasing all around the hospital she eventually found his offices in a separate building across the street, getting access to the specialist signature was just as hard – he was in and out of the hospital etc…. (of course, she was not aware that an “authorised representative” such as a receptionist could have signed it).
Her focus on IPTAAS was the accommodation costs – without guidance, she didn’t realise she could have also requested travel rebates on the very same form. Her accommodation IPTAAS rebate still left her out of pocket by $5,000 (this was a radiotherapy / accommodation at the Quest bill combined – she didn’t know the breakup).
Can Assist paid this bill, plus paid an additional $5,000 help with other expenses – like petrol, parking, food …and the accommodation bills associated with Jon’s second surgery in Sydney.
Jon is now back in Cootamundra undergoing Oral chemotherapy from home. Whilst he was able to return to part time work in the middle of January this year, his capacities have been left significantly compromised post his second brain surgery. According to Jon “If it were not for Can Assist, we would have needed to sell our house to afford treatment”

Leonie lives in Leeton, 59 years old, has one daughter – Bec, who lives in Launceston and one son in Brisbane. Leonie is a retired primary school teacher. Leonie’s GP in Leeton moved to Wollongong back in 2017. With all other local GP patient books full, it takes Leonie 3-4 weeks to get into a doctor, so she would typically go to hospital if she needed to see a doctor. It was here that a GP noticed a mark on her nose and cheek. Leonie was booked for a biopsy the next day. This revealed skin cancer and initially Leonie was referred to a skin specialist in Griffith.

The specialist there referred her to another specialist for surgery in Melbourne. She was informed that she would need to stay in Melbourne for one week as an outpatient. She would have to book a hotel within walking distance of the clinic, and she would always need a carer with her. Her surgery to remove the cancer along with a required plastic surgeon needed to be done in a private clinic which would cost Leonie some $4,000. With only $2,000 in savings, Leonie burst into tears.

Leonie travelled by train. Leonie took some 13 hours to travel to Melbourne. Her return trip arrived in wagga wagga at midnight, Leonie stayed overnight and travelled onto Leeton the next day, arriving around midday. Leonie spent two nights in Melbourne. Initially, Leonie was required to undergo 6 weeks of chemotherapy by mouth back at home in Leeton. It is here that she heard about Can Assist Leeton and reached out for help. Until now, no one had told Leonie about IPTAAS. The president of Can Assist Leeton – Mary, “told me about the scheme, printed off her forms and most importantly, listened.”

Requiring a “referral signature” for form one, (despite having already been at Griffith hospital multiple times regarding her condition) Leonie, having neither a scanner or a computer had to book an appointment and drive 120km return to secure that signature.

Leonie again travelled by train. Since she needed a carer with her for the duration of the treatment. Her daughter Bec travelled to Melbourne and spent the week with her. Leonie was left with 138 stiches across her face, a swollen shut eye and difficulties in eating. There were only 5 hotels in Carlton with the required proximity to the clinic. The cheapest alternative was a Travelodge at $1200 for the 6 nights, but it had no cooking facilities. She was unsure about what receipts to keep for IPTAAS – she retained all taxi, food, accommodation, surgery and pharmaceutical receipts. She found the forms an “absolute nightmare” and had it not been for the social worker at the clinic who took over the application process for her, she would have submitted receipts for every out of-pocket expense she incurred – including food and medication costs. Leonie directed her IPTAAS accommodation subsidy of 360$ to Can Assist Leeton who had funded her accommodation bill at the Travelodge of $1200. Having a long-standing agreement with Can Assist, the Travelodge provided free breakfast for Leonie and her daughter Bec. Bec paid for all other food costs and some taxis.

With the surgery a success, and after negotiating a reduced bill for her medical out of pockets, Leonie returned home to Leeton where she would undergo 3–6-month checkups to ensure that the cancer did not return. The cancer did however return, and her the local doctor advised her to return to Melbourne for a second surgery – which she simply could not afford.

The doctor suggested an alternative 4-week cycle of radiotherapy in Wagga Wagga where she stayed at the not-for-profit accommodation facility operated by Can Assist known as Lilier Lodge. Since the Leeton community transport offering attracts government funding, Leonie’s trip to and from Wagga at $42 return was not eligible for an IPTAAS rebate. Can Assist Leeton arranged and paid for this trip. By this stage of her treatment, Leonie had spent all her savings. Whilst Lilier offers much lower rates than the local commercial offerings (50$ lower per night) IPTAAS rebates still left her out of pocket hundreds of dollars. Once again, Can Assist Leeton funded the difference. Had it not been for Lilier and Can Assist “ I literally would not have been able to afford access to treatment. My only alternative would have been to borrow money and who would lend a pensioner that sort of money? The only possibility would have been a Centrelink Advance Payment of $1500 which would have entailed a forced payback of 100$ a fortnight on my pension. After bills, that $100 would have come out of my food money, it has all been so stressful. I will be forever grateful Can Assist and to Lilier Lodge for their help and compassion”

Leonie really wanted to talk about how special her time was at the Lodge and what a difference it made to the last part of her treatment experience. Leonie experienced a panic attack for the first time whilst receiving radiotherapy. It was a completely overwhelming experience for her, she couldn’t breathe and felt like she was dying. Leonie could not get back on that bus the next day to receive her treatment, and the manager of the Lodge – Margaret, took Leonie aside and asked her how she could help. Leonie says “I can’t remember what Margaret said, I just remember sitting there and hearing her calming voice which just washed over me . For the next 7 treatments, Margaret was there every day upon my return. She just sat with me – your OK, you’re here now, I’m with you …..It was just so nice to sit with someone who knew and understood. I cant reiterate enough, on your worst day what it means to receive this support, unforgettable” Leonie also talked of the kindness of the guests and how everyone supported each other.

Lyn Pauling, 68 yrs old, wife of Steve, Mother of 4 adult children, 8 Grandchildren. Born and bred in Leeton. Retired now but used to be a cleaner at the local boarding school. Lyn is a pensioner.

First diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2017. Diagnosed in Leeton. After developing fluid on the lungs Lyn was flown to St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney by the RFDS where she stayed for 3 months. Steve drove back and forth to Sydney (over 1,000 kms return) some 4 or 5 times over this period. Steve spent several weeks in accommodation (both commercial and not for profit).

When Lyn returned to Leeton, she needed to continue chemotherapy treatment at Griffith where she continued going every 8 weeks for the next two years. With no NFP facility she drove back and forth each day.

Several months ago, Lyn received a skin cancer diagnosis. This required surgery in Sydney (Chris O’Brien Lifehouse). Lyn and Steve drove together and stayed overnight at the hotel near the Chris O’ Brien Lifehouse – (Rydges is there – $250 a night).

Five weeks of radiotherapy at the RCCC in Wagga Wagga, Lyn stayed at Lilier Lodge in Wagga whilst undergoing this treatment. RCCC require upfront payment every two weeks for radiotherapy treatment – over $1,000 each time. Whilst Medicare provide a rebate, there remains a gap.

Lyn was flown to Sydney for her first 3-month stint by the RFDS. Whilst her husband drove near 6,000 km going back and forth for visits, escorts are only eligible for IPTAAS when they are travelling with the patient. This means that only one of these trips was eligible for IPTAAS (ie when her husband picked her up and brought her home). Lyn was unaware that IPTAAS provided any subsidy for escort travel or for escort accommodation, and no claims were lodged. For the next 2,160km of treatment at Griffith – Lyn fell short of the 100km one way eligibility rule for IPTAAS. Whilst she qualified for IPTAAS under the 1 week 200 km cumulative travel rule for near 70% of these trips (since her chemotherapy was twice a week for the first year) she was not made aware of this. There is no indication of this rule at all on any of the IPTAAS 6 forms and no one at the hospital informed her.

In the final stage of her treatment at Wagga Wagga, she stayed 5 weeks at the NFP accommodation facility Lilier Lodge whilst receiving radiotherapy treatment. IPTAAS was explained to her for the first time, the manager there helped Lyn with the forms, sought referral signatures via her computer and told Lyn who needed to sign what at RCCC. The lodge submitted her claims not only for accommodation but also for her journey to Wagga and her journey home. These were the first and last two trips she ever claimed for. Lyn’s IPTAAS travel rebate funded less than 2% of their petrol costs over the course of her treatment journey.

By this stage, Lyn was left thousands of dollars out of pocket. To make things worse, given repeated time off work, her husband lost his building job. He has never found full time work again. Since Wagga Wagga does not offer public radiotherapy treatment, Lyn was also left with out-of-pocket medical expenses. Can Assist have Leeton assisted Lyn, by paying her medical out of pockets, paying the gap in her accommodation bill over the IPTAAS rebate of some $875, and issued her with some 10 petrol vouchers.

By this stage of her treatment profile, had Lyn not received the assistance of Can Assist, she would not have been able to accommodate in Wagga for the duration of her treatment. Instead, she would have been forced to drive back and forth daily, some 250 km, sick and exhausted. Lyn talk with fond memories of her time at Lilier – “It’s so much more than a bed, We had volunteers driving us to treatment and providing group dinners education, exercise classes, but most of all it’s a safe haven , a family of people all going through the same thing. Lilier made it all so much easier, I am forever grateful”.

Luke Di Salvia, a teacher from Leeton was diagnosed with testicular cancer at 44 yrs. With time off work for surgery and 6 cycles of chemo the bills quickly added up. Luke contacted Can Assist Leeton to help!

“Whilst many things we take for granted scream to a halt during cancer treatment much of the mundane daily grind continues on unabated; there’s still plenty of bills to pay, cars to maintain, dishes to wash, lawns to mow, and kids to feed and clothe. Thankfully Leeton Can Assist were there in the background helping out by easing the burden of unexpected costs, thereby lessening our collective worries and thus helping me to more easily focus on getting better.“

“My second round of chemo fell in early January and so coincided with the Christmas school holidays. With the invaluable assistance of Leeton Can Assist we were able to stay at Lilier Lodge Wagga for my 5 successive days of treatment. Not only did this equate to a massive saving in travel time and cumulative rounds trips of over a thousand kilometres, it gave us a much needed chance to do plenty of fun activities with the kids and take their minds off the fears and uncertainty that comes with their Dad still in the early days of his cancer battle. Whilst I underwent my daily treatments the wife and kids did fun holiday stuff – went to the movies, laser tag, trampolining and shopping, with a central base, only 5 minutes from the Cancer Care Centre and Wagga CBD to return to at the end of the day. For this opportunity, afforded by Leeton Can Assist, we are forever grateful.“

 

One morning in 2017, Tommy woke up very pale in colour and with notable bruising. After a visit to the doctor, he was flown to John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle that afternoon and diagnosed with Leukemia.  

This was the beginning of a long treatment journey. After an initial 2 week stay at the hospital, Tommy, his two younger siblings and Mum stayed at the nearby not for profit accommodation facility Ronald MacDonald House. Needing to maintain a family income, Tommy’s Dad stayed in Glen Innes during the week to continue working. Sam, was unable to return to work.  Every Friday night, Lincoln would make the 430km, 5-and-a-half-hour journey to Newcastle to be with his family over the weekend.  

But the story did not end there, after Tommy returned home, he developed a lung infection, and he was flown by emergency back to Newcastle. Tommy spent a further 1 month in hospital (half od which was in ICU).  

Sam recalls the first time she attempted to claim IPTAAS assistance; “I sat down for an entire day, working my way through the forms….it was so cumbersome”. Since neither Sam or Lincoln travelled with Tommy – almost all trips were ineligible to claim for travel. The social workers at the hospital assisted her with the forms for the accommodation subsidy which was directly paid to the accommodation provider. “I couldn’t put a number on what we spent…. then there was the time off work and all the extra travel, we could not have got through it with out the help of charities like Can Assist who provided us with multiple travel vouchers and the not-for-profit accommodation provider Ronald McDonald House”  

The Gills travelled well in excess of 50,000 km over the course of Tommy’s treatment; around 150 trips in total. Almost all trips were ineligible for IPTAAS assistance since most were travelled without the patient.  

I had heard about Can Assist through other people around my home town of Tumut, and previously seen and bought raffle tickets from street stalls to aid local fundraisers.

I didn’t imagine that I would ever need their help but when I was diagnosed with breast cancer after only recently being separated from my husband, I found myself in a very stressful situation with very limited funds. I required any assistance I could possibly get and the local Tumut Can Assist branch helped me with fuel vouchers, utility bill assistance and medication payments after surgery.

While I was staying in Wagga Wagga for treatment, the local branch there also assisted with frozen meals for my son and myself.
I know of no other organisations who assist with everyday costs when diagnosed with cancer.

My diagnosis meant that I had a mastectomy, along with radiation therapy. From the day I received the results I was shocked. It felt surreal, like I was watching myself from above and everything was not really happening to me. After surgery I cried for the first two weeks, when I was finally brave enough to look down and accept the loss of my breast, I did so and decided that I could face anything now that the worst was over.

With the mastectomy and radiation, my treatment program was around eight weeks. Radiation therapy was around five weeks, yet with Christmas & New Year holidays, it turned out to be six weeks.

I am the first in my family to have been diagnosed with breast cancer. I had always thought that it more of a hereditary situation, which is probably why I was so shocked, there had been no breast cancer in my family.

All assistance was very helpful, the fuel vouchers and medication payment saved me money that I could put towards medical expenses. Having the frozen meals being paid meant that after surgery when I was tired and sore meant that I did not have to cook and clean. The accommodation payment was so beneficial, as it meant that I could stay in Wagga Wagga during the treatment. Radiation therapy left me very tired and drained, had I had to drive each day I would have been a danger on the road not only to myself but other as well.

I am still to this day receiving help with fuel from Can Assist, as I have commenced hormone treatment, which will continue for the next seven to ten years, and I have regular visits with an Oncologist.

When Can Assist offered to help me financially I was relieved, travelling, along with medical expenses cost a small fortune. If I had not received help from Can Assist then my only alternative

Would have been to borrow the money or not have treatment. As it was, I did have to borrow money to cover medical expenses as Medicare did not cover some procedures.

My lasting impression of assistance given by Can Assist was that there are still kind, generous and caring people in the world. That includes people who gave or donated money or items to the organisation. My faith in society has been renewed.

The assistance given by Can Assist enabled me to ensure that my son and I had a somewhat normal Christmas and prior to that his Birthday in October. Had I not received assistance I would not have been able to give my son anything. The ladies from my local branch are very caring, understanding, and professional. They are a gift from God!

Thanking you so much, from a very appreciative cancer survivor.

Margie Crane

 

As a friend of Can Assist I know that you are very familiar with the work we do, I wanted to share my story with you to highlight our ongoing need for assistance, which is even more important today than it was when Can Assist started 63 years ago.

Can Assist was well known to me as both my mum and dad received assistance from the Can Assist West Wyalong Branch during their time in need. Sadly, Mum passed away from pancreatic cancer 10 years ago. Fortunately, Dad got through prostate cancer. Not only were Can Assist great supporting both Mum and Dad in their time of need but my parents also used the great facility Lilier lodge which saved them travelling from West Wyalong every day and allowed them to be close to their hospital to receive treatment in Wagga Wagga.

My own personal cancer journey started when I was living in Temora seven years ago as I was driving past the blood bank and thought I’d donate some blood. To my dismay, the preliminary test found my iron levels were alarmingly low and they would not let me out of there unless I went straight to the doctor who immediately sent me for a colonoscopy. As soon as I woke up, I was told I had bowel cancer. Numb is how I felt. My first question was, “okay what are we going to do about it?”

I was sent to surgeon based in Wagga Wagga who informed me he was going to remove most of my bowel. We also discovered I had a heredity cancer ‘Lynch Syndrome’ passed down from my mother’s family as mum was on a cancer register.

As I had to travel from to Wagga Wagga for treatment, the Can Assist Temora Branch offered a range of services to me, assisted me with fuel vouchers, and organised transport around town ensuring that I could get to my hospital appointments comfortably and with little stress.

I had to have eight weeks off work to complete my course of treatment and Can Assist Temora Branch were fantastic in supporting me during this time, keeping in constant contact to see if there was anything I needed and providing me with peace of mind during a very anxious period. As a father of three boys, I needed all the help I could get and the support I got form Can Assist was a great relief. I now have a colonoscopy every 12 months and am still in the clear thankfully.

I moved to Wagga Wagga six years ago. In August 2017, Bradley, the youngest of my three sons was diagnosed with bowel cancer, aged 20. The cancer was removed but after more scans it was discovered there was more cancer in the bowel plus his liver. He has just finished six months of chemotherapy. We are not sure where to from here, more scans will decide. He has also found out he has Lynch Syndrome, an inherited disorder that increases the risk of many types of cancer.

In trying to find help for Bradley I discovered there was no Can Assist branch in Wagga Wagga. I couldn’t believe it so I decided to see what I could do about it. I sent an email to Can Assist enquiring about the lack of a branch in Wagga Wagga and I soon received a response.

Wheels were set in motion, and following a media onslaught, we called an inaugural meeting for the end of October. We organised guest speakers, the past Can Assist Board President, current Can Assist CEO and the president from the Gundagai branch. All we needed were people to turn up and they did so, about 50 in total and with an executive committee voted in we were set to go.

Wagga Wagga Can Assist now meets on the first Monday of the month at Lilier lodge, with a good turn up to meetings however more volunteers are always needed. The more hands the lighter the workload. We only expect people to do what they can and give as much time as they can afford. We have a fundraising committee and welfare committee. We are getting there, we are all new at this and Rome wasn’t built in a day. We are helping people with cancer and that’s why we are doing what we are.

I need to thank everybody that made this happen, pulled strings, gave time, loaned venues and provided advice. Fortunately, Can Assist has been there for me throughout my life, ensuring my parents, myself and now my son have assistance when they need it the most.

I am very happy to provide my time to such a worthy cause that ensures very dollar given locally is handed out to those who need it locally. Since it was established in 1955, more than 55 Can Assist rural and regional branches run entirely by over 3,000 volunteers across NSW proudly hand out financial assistance every day to people in their local community. I urge you to support today, no amount is too small. The financial assistance Can Assist provides is immeasurable and it can only continue with your help.

Thank you.

John Nixon
President Wagga Wagga Can Assist

*Sadly, Bradley lost his fight with cancer in March 2019. His father, John, and his brothers remain committed to the Can Assist Wagga Wagga branch and continue to volunteer to help those in their local community.

Can Assist is grateful to Bradley and to the whole Nixon family, for sharing their most personal experiences in order to raise awareness and assist others.

Bradley Nixon

I found out about Can Assist in October 2017 through local advertising, when a meeting was called to restart the Wagga Wagga Branch after previously being closed down due to lack of interest and activity. I went along to the meeting as I had a family history with cancer and decided to join as a member as they were so focused on the local community.

I have quite the family history with cancer, so felt that this was where I could best give back, volunteering my time and effort.

In the mid 1800’s , my grandmother had a breast removed, but lived to 93 after the removal. Her daughter died from breast cancer in her 40’s as well as three of her granddaughters. Then her son (my father) died from bowel cancer at the age of 79, as did one of his brothers. My father had to travel from Wagga Wagga to Sydney at the time, to receive cancer treatment – this was approximately 26 years ago.

My mother also died from bowel cancer, 13 years ago at the age of 89. Luckily, the cancer care centre in Wagga Wagga was operational at the time and this saved my mother from travelling the long distances my father had to undertake. Just three years ago, my sister died of stomach cancer at the age of 67. So, my history with family cancer is quite extensive.

I myself had a malignant melanoma removed 12 years ago, and then my prostate removed in November of 2018. It was a setback when I found out that I needed surgery at the end of last year, but I kept thinking positively. After surgery, I needed six weeks of radiation treatment, which was administered five days a week. It was at this point that I needed to ask Can Assist for some financial help, to assist with the high cost of surgery and treatments to try and alleviate some of the many expenses.

I live on my own in Wagga Wagga and there is nowhere else to turn to for assistance. I’m still receiving a little help until I can get back on my feet. I am currently waiting for results of this latest surgery, but remain hopeful and have a loving family around me to offer emotional support.

The feeling of relief when Can Assist offered financial support was amazing. When I joined Can Assist as a member, I didn’t realise I would so quickly need assistance myself.

I saw the help they gave to our local people and simply wanted to be part of a great organisation in any way I could. I looked around and found I could help raise funds for the local Wagga Wagga branch by running raffles and organising BBQs. Now that I have been a recipient of the Can Assist program, I am even more thankful for the organisation and take pride in the fact that I am a part of the Wagga Wagga branch and its ongoing fundraising efforts.

Thank you,
Bill Lane

In 2015 at the age of 75yrs, I went for my regular health checks and through the course of a blood test suddenly got the call back from my doctor. One test lead to another and before I knew it, I was undergoing a biopsy for prostate cancer. The tests all came back positive but thankfully, we had caught it early and it was confined to the prostrate.

Off I went to the Cancer Centre in Tamworth to start my treatment. I have always had a positive outlook on life, despite my own and my wife’s multiple health challenges over the years, so I was positive from the word go.

I thought we’d just cut it out and get on with things, but I wasn’t going to have to undergo surgery, I was informed that I would be receiving medication, radiotherapy and injections instead.

The staff at the Cancer Centre in Tamworth took great care of me during my visits and it was while I was there that one of the nurses asked me if I needed any financial assistance with treatment costs.  I had needed to go to Newcastle for my initial MRI and my council rates were due, so I handed over my paperwork and Can Assist took care of it all.

I was so surprised when I was told that both bills were paid, I couldn’t believe there was an organization out there that would step in to help in such a practical way when most needed. Can Assist was the only organization that was there for me during this time and it made a huge difference to know there was help available.  

My treatment turned out to be medication for six months whilst receiving 39 doses of radiotherapy. Followed up by two years of injections. Wonderfully I am now in the clear and cancer free. 

But my story doesn’t stop there, because how could I repay Can Assist for the help they gave me? I thought I might be able to become an advocate for them. I’m great at telling a story, maybe people would like to come and listen to mine, and we could raise some funds to help others in the community who were in need of some financial assistance. So I approached the Gunnedah Branch of Can Assist and they were thrilled. Between us we organised a venue, catering, a long list of speakers, all sorts of cancer support groups, even my doctor, one of my nurses and a room full of people to listen and help the cause. We received free advertising and media arrived on the day. The seminar was a great success and we already have plans to organise another. I like to also keep a hands on role with my local branch by regularly setting up and selling tickets in their raffles.

I have been a Gunnedah local all my life and after leaving for a few years to chase work I came back and settled in Gunnedah with my wife of almost 50 years and young family. I’m now 78 and whilst I can’t be as active as I would like I can do my part in getting the word out about what a wonderful organization Can Assist is. Right across NSW they help thousands of people going through cancer treatment every year. So when asked if I would like to share my story for their Christmas Appeal I had no hesitation in saying yes, I therefore actively encourage you to donate at this time to ensure when someone you know receives the news that they have cancer, they don’t have to stress about how they are going to afford their treatment. Can Assist is there and it will help you when most needed.

Many kind thanks for your support.

Kevin

Merveen

We as a family discovered the kindness of Can Assist back in 1993 when Alice our daughter, was diagnosed with terminal Leukaemia at age three. We lived in the country and Can Assist helped us with travel expenses and airfares. This help eased the financial pressure as we had four children, the youngest being just nine months old, all living on one wage.  The organisation came to my aid a second time in June 2017, when I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. I was offered a huge support network for which I will always be grateful. Can Assist supplied the accommodation and some travel costs once again, taking the pressure off us financially.

I work in the medical field so was shocked when I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer but quickly realised I couldn’t change it and it was not going to beat me. I could never say “why me” because if it wasn’t me it could be someone I love dearly and that wouldn’t be fair at all. I honestly never thought I would have to face Oncology and Clinics again after Alice’s diagnosis. But here I am.

Being a citrus farmer based in Griffith, I had to take a leave of absence from work for the duration of my treatment and recovery, so having accommodation expenses and some travel costs met was a godsend. My family were comforted with the fact they knew I was safe and living in a treatment free zone. A place where I could cry, laugh or sing if I wanted to, and be able to chat to others receiving the same treatment. It was very therapeutic to sit around the breakfast or dinner table and hear how everyone was faring, we became a family that began as strangers.

Alice

The offer of assistance from Can Assist was a huge relief. Without it, I would have had to stay in a motel with all the associated costs and the loneliness that comes with that environment. The alternative was a 450km daily round trip and an enormous financial burden.

Our family and my sisters and their families have been involved with fundraising for Can Assist in both Cootamundra and Wagga Wagga for years, since they helped us with Alice’s expenses. Never did I think I would have to ask Can Assist for help again. But we are very grateful for their assistance.

Thank you Can Assist.