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John James Village is a purpose built enclave of homes away from home for blood cancer patients in Garran ACT that will be available as long as needed by patients without charge. It will be available particularly for interstate patients facing the dilemma of finding accommodation close to their treatment provider.
Blood cancer is leukaemia, myeloma and lymphoma, the kind of words that send shivers down your spine and fear into the life of so many who’ve always had to go interstate for many of the available treatments.
Funded by the John James Foundation and a network of donors and supporters garnered for the cause by a very savvy and hard working board of the Foundation the result is a smart village with all mod cons, and plenty of the comforts to take the hardship of enduring treatments, away from home, from the patients and give instead relaxation and revitalisation when it’s needed.
Opened with plenty of razzamatazz, last minute flurries of hosing, sweeping and planting and a steady stream of people to be impressed and amazed at what has been achieved in this complex build and see where the effort to raise funds and realise this dream has exceeded expectations, was a culmination of the efforts of so many determined to achieve this facility.
Chris Kimball, a survivor of blood cancer, took charge as MC of the opening. His story makes you realise just what patients endure chasing the cure for blood cancers and Carl Sueli endured not just one dose of this insidious disease but three. He’s just a bit reticent to discuss his experience but a little coaxing and admiration from Chris McMillan of the Leukaemia Foundation and we were soon best buddies discussing cancer survival. Carl fortunate to have a brother winning the ‘lottery’ as his one in four chance of compatibility for a stem cell transplant. Good stories come from adversity and this effort to make the long road to recovery just that little bit easier to endure is a credit to all involved