John James Village - First Birthday Celebration

11 August 2017

The John James Village in Garran celebrated its first birthday, and by all reckoning the success of this village, which has helped so many as a purpose built place for those requiring treatment for blood diseases, is heart warming.

To face the diagnosis, treatment and recovery from blood disease – leukaemia, myeloma and lymphoma – is onerous and debilitating for anyone but to have this place and all the services it provides must alleviate so much of the pressure on the individual and the family involved. Because  cancer involves the whole family, and recovery impinges on every aspect of trying to find a different normal for them, this environment offers everything to make treatment and recovery easier. As it services the region by providing accommodation with generous space and all the comforts of home, close proximity to treatment and dedicated staff, it becomes a haven for all facing the uncertainties of cancer treatment.

The opening was a triumph for the John James Foundation, the donors and supporters and of course the Leukaemia Foundation with this first birthday a happy celebration to acknowledge the continuing need and benefits of this facility. Lunch for all was held in the spacious common room with an architect designed fire place to covet, the surroundings now well established with donated trees and shrubs and a sense of being surrounded by the suburban bush creates a restful retreat.

To acknowledge the work and commitment of CEO Phil Greenwood, as he retires, the John James Foundation has named one of the units for him as a thank you and with surprise and a little embarrassment the plaque was officially revealed at this event. An unassuming man, so well respected and admired for steering this new development through this first 12 months he hands over to Joe Roff.  

While we remember well the official opening of John James Village, this first birthday was a chance to see how its settled into an area of need for those struck with upheaval in their lives and gives them the surety of a place to temporarily call home as they go into battle with a positive attitude leading to more good stories and outcomes for these patients.