Letter to the Editor - July 29: Superb cancer support

I WOULD like to acknowledge and congratulate the members of Coffs Harbour Regional Cancer Services for their foresight in establishing and maintaining the superb support system for cancer patients and their relatives in Coffs Harbour so many years ago.

This group evolved in 1987-88 and expanded in the mid to late nineties to include accommodation facilities in Victoria St opposite the old Coffs Harbour Base Hospital.

Among the original members, Dorothy Hays and Sandy Casson have shown amazing determination, resilience and compassion to successfully transfer these services and facilities adjacent to the North Coast Cancer Institute at the new Coffs Harbour Health Campus and Base Hospital.

Sandy and her late husband certainly contributed both financially and energetically to support cancer patients, at times despite substantial and draining bureaucratic resistance.

The Regional Cancer Care facility and Stramit House are testimony to the commitment and dedication of the members of Coffs Harbour Regional Cancer Services and their supporters.

It is a reflection on how "time poor" our community has become that these aged warriors have not been able to "hand on the baton" to like-minded younger residents. This group was in the vanguard of truly making a difference for thousands of cancer sufferers.

Dr Paul Moran



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