Through your support we can continue to advance new patient treatment in areas of greatest need, giving access to transformational healthcare when it is most needed.
My doctors said I would have zero chance of survival if the tumor wasn't removed.
A new technology, funded by the St John of God Foundation donors, provided 29-year-old Emma English personalised cancer care which helped save her life.
"When I was initially diagnosed with bowel cancer, my doctor recommended surgery along with 18 months of chemotherapy - it was a really long and hard time for me and my family, " Emma said.
“When I finally completed the treatment and got the all clear, I was so relieved.”
“In February 2017, it all came crashing down again when a routine PET scan revealed that the cancer had spread to my liver.”
“I was told I would have a zero per cent chance of survival if the new tumour wasn’t removed.”
Emma, then aged 28, was facing another surgery and a further 12 months of chemotherapy.
“My husband Link and I got married between my surgery, and my first day of chemotherapy,” she said.
“I was so sick, I spent more time in hospital than I did out – no one wants to spend their first year as husband and wife in hospital.”
During the course of her treatment, Emma’s body reacted negatively to majority of the chemotherapy drugs – so doctors worked together to craft an individualised care plan to treat Emma’s cancer.
Emma’s Oncologist used the technology MiSequencer, purchased using generous donations from the community, to identify the gene sequence of her cancer, which had spread from her bowel to her liver... read more.
The impact of your generosity
How your donations make a difference
Thank you to our generous philanthropic supporters who contributed over $1.7 million in FY 2020-21. This is how your donations were allocated following your wishes.Read More
A lasting legacy
Read about how a generous legacy gift from a grateful patient will support the important work our researchers are carrying out to better diagnose and treat a range of cancers.Read More
Why I choose to give
Generous St John of God Foundation supporters share their personal motivations for giving.Read More
Karan's heartfelt thank you
In response to your generous support towards our 2021 Tax Appeal, raising funds to purchase additional Cuddle Beds, caregiver Karan Lane expresses her sincere gratitude.Read More
Community support for the Special Care Nursery
Thanks to the wonderful support shown by the St John of God Geelong Hospital community, the Special Care Nursery will soon receive their very first Transcutaneous Bilirubinometer (TcB) device to support advanced diagnosis and treatment of neonatal jaundice.Read More
Helen Parry was surprised to coincidentally discover she had breast cancer in 2020. Thankfully, she was able to access advanced radiation treatment thanks to philanthropic support.Read More
Why I became a donor
Grateful patient Andrew Withers wanted to give back something meaningful to say thank you to caregivers for the exceptional care he and his wife have received at St John of God Geelong Hospital.Read More
Remembering our benefactors
We were deeply saddened to say goodbye over this past year to some incredibly compassionate and inspiring people who were significant philanthropic leaders in our community.Read More
New technology offers patients advanced care
St John of God Bunbury Hospital has become the first regional hospital to introduce a new procedure and technology that ensures more accurate identification and diagnosis of prostate cancer for men in the South West of Western Australia.Read More
Donations kick-start new clinical trials
Clinical trials play an essential role in the discovery of new medicines, offering eligible patients access to new treatment options beyond the standard care.Read More
Why we wanted to give back
Following the birth of their daughter Violet, who spent six days in the hospital's Special Care Nursery, Laura and James were so grateful for the care they received that they wanted to give back in a way that was meaningful to them.Read More
Leading cancer care
Regional breast cancer patients can now access treatment with state-of-the-art Magseed technology thanks to generous donor support.Read More
Donations help patients spend less time in hospital
The state-of-the-art Intraoperative Radiation Therapy (IORT) technology, acquired by the hospital in 2020, is the gift that keeps on giving.Read More
Donors boost research funding
Generous donations provide vital support in funding important medical research that can create hope, improve patient care, and contribute to the global fight against cancer.Read More
State-of-the-art heart care
New cardiac equipment at St John of God Bunbury Hospital is supporting patients in the South West of Western Australia to access to state-of-the-art heart care, closer to home.Read More
Sean celebrates 10 years of survival
In March 2010, 38-year-old Sean Mahony received the devastating news that he had stage four bowel cancer which had spread to his liver.Read More
Why I became a donor
Philanthropic giving often comes from a desire to enhance the wellbeing of others. This was certainly the case for generous donors, Siegfried and Gudrun Westerfeld.Read More
Jennie, our fundraising hero
St John of God Health Care caregiver Jennie raised over $2,800 in support of cancer researchRead More
Leading the way in compassionate care
Cuddle Beds allow loved ones to be physically close and lay together, deepening connection and providing comfort.Read More
A very special thank you to Foundation donors
Fully funded by generous donations to St John of God Foundation, the Intraoperative Radiation Therapy (IORT) equipment is now supporting advanced treatment options for breast cancer patients at St John of God Subiaco Hospital.Read More
Immunotherapy treatment gives Valerie an incredible outcome
Otherwise fit and healthy Valerie Davis was diagnosed with lung cancer in October 2018 after being tested for a cough that wouldn't go away.Read More
Looking back over 25 years of support
Your support over the past 25 years has provided over $40 million to support advanced healthcare for our communities.Read More
State-of-the-art equipment, thanks to your support
Three new state-of-the-art ultrasound machines have been purchased for St John of God Berwick, Geelong, and Mount Lawley hospitals to support personalised maternity care for mums-to-be.Read More
Generous Guthrie study bursary supports better patient care are Murdoch Hospital
When Annette Guthrie, a much-loved Patient Care Assistant (PCA) at St John of God Murdoch Hosptial, sadly passed away at 55 with recurring lymphoma, her family kept her spirit alive by helping others.Read More
"It was a miracle of miracles. Thanks to the wonderful care I received, I am still alive today." - Tony.Read More
Joong was diagnosed with renal cell cancer in 2013 at age 35 when his spine collapsed. Finding Footprints Day Centre was a blessing.Read More
A new technology, funded by St John of God Foundation donors, provided 29-year-old Emma English personalised cancer care which helped save her life.Read More
Footprints Day Centre
Footprints Day Centre provides practical and emotional support to patients and their families in their time of greatest need.Read More