Giving the Gift of Hope
The John Logan Cancer Treatment Foundation was formed during 2009 following the untimely death of John a year earlier, aged only 46. It was set up with the help of his business colleagues and his family.
The JLCTF is a Not-For-Profit charity endorsed by the ATO as a tax deductible gift recipient. As such, any donation over $2.00 is tax deductible.
Our mission is to provide financial assistance to patients with a cancer of the gastrointestinal system, so that they may receive treatment that they might not otherwise be able to afford. Such treatment may not be on the Australian Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme and may also not be claimable from any health fund.
Too often these treatments need to be administered in a private hospital, thus adding to the patient's financial strain at a very difficult time. The treatments can cost more than $20,000 for a single dose, once hospital costs and specialist fees are added. Patients often have to dip into ‘Super’ or add to mortgages to pay for them. Some patients cannot even do that as many of the patients are elderly and living with limited financial resources. Some victims are also young with dependent children and already coping with big mortgages. Whatever the circumstances, the John Logan Cancer Treatment Foundation is there to help.
Once we receive a referral, which must be from the patient's Medical Oncologist, their Radiologist, or Surgeon in the first instance, our team can, in complete confidence, process an urgent case in less than 2 hours; enabling the patient to start treatment the next day. However, we do prefer 24 - 48 hours if possible!
What are Gastro-Intestinal (GI) cancers? These hidden cancers occur in the oesophagus, stomach, liver, gall bladder, spleen, pancreas and bowel, which includes the colon and the rectum. GI cancers are the most common form of cancer, affecting 23,000 Australians each year and claiming a devastating 29 lives each day.
In the last four years we have helped over 200 patients, spending $570,000 in the process. The way we are going, we will be asked to help at least another 100 or more by the end of 2014. Our goal is to be able to help 500 in a year from anywhere in Australia. That will require us to have an annual income of $2,500,000. With your help we can do it...
How can you help?
Run a fundraising event for us like a girls or a boys night in. A huge picnic on the beach with all your friends, or even a party night where everyone pays an entrance fee, instead of bringing a bottle.
Participate in a Fun Run.
Make a Tax Deductible Donation - there are so many ways to do this & we'll provide you with a receipt for tax time.
Make a suggestion, we'd love to hear your ideas.
Vote for us for a Dick Smith Foods Foundation grant - click here.
Read more about John's life here .....