Funds raised by the 2013 Sunsuper Ride to Conquer Cancer are being invested in the development and fit out of the Chris O'Brien Lifehouse which will integrate clinical care, research, education and integrative therapies, creating opportunities for innovative discoveries, compassionate holistic care and better outcomes for patients, their families and carers. This ground-breaking facility will open its doors in late 2013, and so far funds raised by last year's ride have so far been earmarked for the purchase of:
- $200,000 to purchase 37 state of the art chemotherapy chairs
- $220,000 to purchase electronic beds
- $1.5 million has been invested in vital medical equipment for the treatment of ambulatory care patients including vital sign monitors, sterilising equipment, bladder scans, IV volumetric pumps and coloposcopes.
More announcements on the impact of funds raised by the 2013 Ride will follow in the months to come. Funds raised by this year's Sunsuper Ride to Conquer Cancer will be further invested in bringing Chris O'Brien's dream alive, and will help accelerate the timeframe for the Chris O'Brien Lifehouse to extend its services to in-patients ahead of its planned schedule.
Your participation in The Sunsuper Ride to Conquer Cancer® will support The Chris O'Brien Lifehouse.
THE CHRIS O’BRIEN LIFEHOUSE WILL TRANSFORM CANCER TREATMENT FOR AUSTRALIANS IN AN ENVIRONMENT THRIVING ON DISCOVERY, RESEARCH AND PROMISING CARE, BUILDING ON THE SERVICES PROVIDED AT ROYAL PRINCE ALFRED HOSPITAL.
The Chris O’Brien Lifehouse will integrate clinical care, research, education and integrative therapies, creating opportunities for innovative discoveries, compassionate holistic care and better outcomes for patients, their families and carers. Your participation in The Sunsuper Ride to Conquer Cancer will help to ensure the sustainability of this groundbreaking work. Money raised through your participation in The Ride will help impact the lives of thousands in your community, across Australia and around the world.
Help build a revolutionary cancer centre
The Chris O’Brien Lifehouse will transform cancer treatment for Australians in an environment thriving on discovery, research and uncompromising care, building on the services provided at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. Lifehouse will offer the latest research and technology, advanced medical and complementary therapies, as well as emotional support and sanctuary all in one place with a holistic patient centric model of care providing services for public and private patients. Patient focused care has increasingly demonstrated better patient outcomes in addition to a more effective and efficient health care system.
We are not just about building a new facility; we are about creating a new organisation with the patient at the centre of everything we do. The Chris O’Brien Lifehouse will provide uncompromising care for everyone affected by cancer. This is what drives us and underpins everything we do, a team of people working together to be source of energy, innovation, inspiration, knowledge, guidance and support. Lifehouse is an independent not-for-profit public benevolent institution. Income will be re-invested to continually innovate and improve services and focus on the delivery of cancer care and research for the benefit of all Australians and the education of the next generation of clinicians and researchers.
Chris O’Brien’s Vision
Chris O’Brien (3 Jan 1952 - 4 June 2009) was a man of leadership, vision and courage. He inspired people, both through his work as a cancer specialist and through his own three year battle with an aggressive brain tumour. Chris transformed his personal adversity into a national opportunity, using his experience to fight so much harder for cancer patients and their families. Chris’s vision was for an integrated cancer treatment centre so that patients would no longer have to navigate their way through all the different elements of dealing with their illness alone. His vision will be realised with the completion of The Chris O’Brien Lifehouse in 2013.