Phillip’s story

As someone who is strong, independent and enjoys living on his own, Philip connected to CanCare following his cancer diagnosis. On meeting Ross, his CanCare volunteer, he was a little uncomfortable at first.

 “When I first met Ross, I realised I could trust him and that there are some good people around who could help me. I have never looked back since” said Philip.

Ross’s support helped Phillip get some of his independence back, helping get his car fixed, arranging vital medical supplies for use at home, filling out forms and find the medical advice he needed to better manage his pain.

Later, after talking to Ross about his family Ross helped him find his sister and following a successful reunion, he reconnected with his son, who he had not seen since he was four years old. On reuniting with his son, he was delighted to discover he was a grandfather.

“Helping reunite Phillip with his family has been the most rewarding experience for me. He has gone from having no support to a sister who has regular contact, with and a son and grandchild he now sees” said Ross.

Research shows that people with cancer who have a support network of family and friends have better cancer outcomes. Our CanCare Navigators provide customised support and can make a real difference to someone in need of a little extra support.

 

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