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Parramatta Chamber After Five: Tue 3 April 2018

March 23rd, 2018

Westmead Medical Research Foundation will host the Parramatta Chamber Business After Five event on Tuesday, 3 April 2018. Please join us for this networking opportunity to learn more about what we do and how you can get involved.

Also, a big THANK YOU to our venue supporter, Bertonia LoungeWMRF Heart

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WMRF says thank you to our fundraisers

December 12th, 2017

n Wednesday 6 December 2017, a group of enthusiastic and generous fundraisers who have been supporting the work of Westmead Medical Research Foundation (WMRF) over the years, got together at Acacia House for a recognition event. They were welcomed by the Foundation’s staff to enjoy a special occasion that was about thanking them and giving them the opportunity to meet fellow fundraisers and donors.

Stories and videos about the impact of donors’ generosity were shared during an evening that was filled with emotive memories of those different fundraising initiatives and donations that have made a big difference to the lives of patients, medical staff and researchers.

Attendees of the event also included Dr Philip Lee, former Director of Supportive and Palliative Care Medicine at Westmead & 2017 Parramatta Citizen of the Year; Dr Sally Greenaway, Director of Supportive and Palliative Care Medicine at Westmead; Donna Garland, Operations Director of Women’s & Newborn Health at Westmead; John Whittaker, Nurse Manager of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Westmead and Noeline Rozanc, Nurse Unit Manager at the Radiation Oncology at The Crown Princess Mary Cancer Centre (CPMCC).

 
From left to right:
John Whittaker (Nurse Manager of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Westmead); Dr Philip Lee, Noeline Rozanc (Nurse Unit Manager at the Radiation Oncology at CPMCC)

From left to right:
Lynette & Amelia for Run 4 Jess, Dr Sally Greenaway, Director of Supportive and Palliative Care Medicine at Westmead

From left to right:
WMRF Ambassador, Darren Kong; from the Lions Club of Holroyd, Peter & Bob; from the Merrylands Rugby Union Club Luke, (Noeline, CMPCC) & Laura


From left to right:
Shave For Silas, Kyrra & Larran; Haematology donation, Chris & Bella


Left to right: Annual Margi Doig Golf Day, Ben, Belinda (Ben’s wife) and Matt Doig


Ben & Matt Doig lost their mother Margie Doig who passed away at Westmead Hospital in Palliative Care & was cared for by Dr Lee, read more about Doig Family Annual Margi Golf Day

 

Joe Conneely, Head of Development at WMRF, said that the fundraisers who attended the event are truly committed to the Foundation’s mission of supporting the delivery of medical research & patient care.

“Without their incredible generosity, we would be unable to achieve our results translated into support for a diverse range of Westmead Hospital areas and wards such as NICU, Palliative Care, Women’s & Newborn Health, Neurosurgery, Haematology; along with funds for heart disease research carried on at The Westmead Institute,” he said.

WMRF The Dogao Family

On May 6, 2016, Noah was born at Norwest Private Hospital. Unfortunately he was not breathing when he came into the world and doctors worked for 3 hours to stabilise him.Noah was rushed to the Westmead Women's & Newborn Health Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Ward (NICU) at Westmead Hospital, where he spent the first 10 weeks his life before moving across to The Children's Hospital at Westmead.Noah was ultimately diagnosed with Myotonic Muscular Dystrophy. The Dogao Family took the opportunity following Noah's recovery and being home, to raise $13,666 to help refurbish the NICU Parents Room! The wonderful support allowed the room to be renovated. The clip shows Noah and his parents during the grand opening!Westmead Medical Research Foundation with Know My Health as Media Support Partners produced this short clip recently shown at a thank you event held by the Foundation.#CaptureEveryStory

Posted by Know My Health on Thursday, 7 December 2017

For more information about supporting Westmead Medical Research Foundation via hosting a fundraising event, please contact Marlene Nasr, Community Relations & Events Manager on 1800 639 037 or to find out how you can support, please go through our website.

    WMRF Heart


Related:

Dogao Family Video – Baby Noah

WMRF The Dogao Family

On May 6, 2016, Noah was born at Norwest Private Hospital. Unfortunately he was not breathing when he came into the world and doctors worked for 3 hours to stabilise him.Noah was rushed to the Westmead Women's & Newborn Health Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Ward (NICU) at Westmead Hospital, where he spent the first 10 weeks his life before moving across to The Children's Hospital at Westmead.Noah was ultimately diagnosed with Myotonic Muscular Dystrophy. The Dogao Family took the opportunity following Noah's recovery and being home, to raise $13,666 to help refurbish the NICU Parents Room! The wonderful support allowed the room to be renovated. The clip shows Noah and his parents during the grand opening!Westmead Medical Research Foundation with Know My Health as Media Support Partners produced this short clip recently shown at a thank you event held by the Foundation.#CaptureEveryStory

Posted by Know My Health on Thursday, 7 December 2017


DOIG FAMILY – Annual Margi Doig Golf Day

 

Ben and Matt lost their mother Margie Doig who passed away at Westmead Hospital in Palliative Care under the care of Dr Philip Lee. Watch their video below!

From 2007 – 2015 the family hosted a Golf Day fundraiser in memory of their mother on her birthday, June 10. They had a fantastic network of family and friends that supported their fundraising initiative and raised approximately $120,000 over the years which was directed to Palliative Care.


Run 4 Jess 
 


Steve Clark was married to Jess Clark who passed away in 2013 in C5C Oncology ward. Steve and his family wanted to honour Jess’ memory by creating an event that showcased what Jess loved doing – sports and exercise. They have held five consecutive ‘Run 4 Jess’ fundraisers and raised over $20,000 to go towards C5C Oncology.

Dr Lee attended the fundraiser in March 2017 and they have already booked their date for 2018.

Lynette Clark is Steve’s mother and is the one who organises the fundraiser and helps him. Lynette is a member of the running club and has links to the Girraween Athletics Club.


Shave for Silas – Kyrra Cross

 

Earlier this year, Kyrra and her family generously organised an online fundraiser “Shave 4 Silas.” Thorugh this initiative, and with the amazing support of Kyrra’s sister – Larran and Silas’ godfather, Mani, they raised over $11,000 and donated to WMRF to support the work of Dr Dexter and his Neurosurgery team at Westmead Hospital.

Shave For Silas


Merrylands Rugby Union Club

Wolves Win Game for Westmead’s Cancer Centre


Lions Club of Holroyd

How many sausages does it take to make a wheelchair? The answer is – a heck of a lot!


Chris & Bella Sarne

Remembering a lovely wife & mum through a generous gesture


Darren Kong

Darren fundraised through the Miss Australia Chinese Pageant with funds raised going to Westmead Institute for Medical Research (WIMR) towards Dr Chong’s work. Darren is now one of our WMRF Ambassadors.

Thank you Miss Australia Chinese Pageant 2017

    WMRF Heart

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Teeing off for Medical Research & Patient Care

November 14th, 2017 | 1 Comment

#ABAcharitygolf November 9, 2017Twincreeks Golf ClubWestern Sydney Health #ArabBankAustralia Lexus Of Parramatta Vittoria Coffee 💙💚

Posted by Westmead Medical Research Foundation on Thursday, 9 November 2017

For the third consecutive year, Arab Bank Australia (ABA) has proudly supported the work of Westmead Medical Research Foundation (WMRF) through their Charity Golf Day.

 

 

This year 20 teams registered and played on the day. Nearly 100 players and guests attended the event where over $24,000 was raised towards the support of medical research and patient care projects at Westmead.

 

A glorious day at the Twin Creeks Country and Golf Club on Thursday 9 November.  It was great to see so many golfers supporting such a great cause.  Another special mention and thanks to our Co-Sponsor Construction Consultants, our shirt sponsor BP Australia and our Event Sponsor Billbergia, to all our hole sponsors and donors and to the players – the day wouldn’t have been such a success without your friendship, support and giving nature.  A great overall result,” said Joe Rizk, Managing Director and CEO of Arab Bank Australia.

WMRF provides support across all aspects of the precinct through its fundraising and awareness initiatives to support the dedicated staff and patients who visit Westmead.

  

It’s right to say that the Foundation is truly engaged with the community throughout their lifespan, funding state-of the-art medical equipment, life-saving research and enhanced patient services for Westmead Hospital and The Westmead Institute for Medical Research.

All of this would not be possible without the generous contributions we receive from donors like Arab Bank Australia and its corporate partners – a dedicated group who supports this fantastic fundraising event,”said Joe Conneely, Head of Development at WMRF.

 

For more photos visit us on our Instagram!  

To find out how to support the work of WMRF, contact 1800 639 037 or email us.

    WMRF Heart

Don’t forget to check out our 2017 Christmas Appeal and please share!

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Teeing off for medical research & patient care

Events 2017

The Brunch, Diamonds & Pearls

Thank you Lexus of Parramatta

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499 not out!

August 17th, 2017

“499 not out! Celebrating 30 years of kidney and pancreas transplantation at Westmead. Great to meet donors and hear their stories,”  said Joe Conneely, (Head of Development, WMRF)

Read more 

Landmark Westmead Hospital treatment continues to save lives – 30 years on

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A Hope for Type 1 Diabetes Patients

July 12th, 2017

This week is Diabetes Week, 10 – 16 July

Last year we had the privilege of hosting a Community Seminar event on Diabetes and Research, and in particular, Professor Wayne Hawthorne’s research on ground-breaking islet cell transplantation as an innovative treatment for patients diagnosed with severe Type 1 diabetes. Here is a snippet of the presentation from the 2016 Community Seminar.

Can you imagine being a talented pastry chef and not being able to taste your own creations before serving them?

This was the case for Oliver, a severe Type 1 diabetes sufferer, who nearly had to abandon his successful career because of his disease.

Type 1 diabetes is an auto-immune disease, which destroys pancreatic islets – the cells that produce insulin. Patients require multiple daily insulin injections and constant monitoring of blood glucose. If not controlled, Type 1 diabetes can have massive health impacts and can be fatal. It can also affect quality of life and other chronic health complications.

For more than 20 years, Professor Wayne Hawthorne and his team at Westmead have been studying ground-breaking islet cell transplantation as an innovative treatment for patients diagnosed with severe Type 1 diabetes.

As researchers from The Westmead Institute and Westmead Hospital, they pioneered the first clinical trial of an innovative procedure where donor pancreatic islet cells were transplanted into the recipient’s liver.

Thanks to the Westmead team, people such as Oliver can return to their careers and significantly improved quality of life after islet cell transplantation.

Professor Hawthorne continues to lead a specialised research team, committed to providing patients with the best possible treatments for Type 1 diabetes.  They are now working to develop new technologies to cure many more patients suffering from the disease.

The team has already completed more than 50 clinical islet cell transplants at Westmead Hospital.  A milestone in their research combined with recent advances in medical technologies, is enabling more patients to benefit from this ground-breaking procedure.

Transplants require enormous co-ordination – between getting the call that a donor pancreas is available, the extraction of the islet cells and preparing the recipient for the procedure – Professor Hawthorne and the Westmead team dedicate incredible energy and time to the entire process.

The next steps in Professor Hawthorne’s research involve refining the process to help more people with Type 1 diabetes, by expanding the use of the currently available donor organs and streamlining the islet isolation process. These projects are the focus of several of their current research projects.

Professor Hawthorne stated,

“We have come so far in treatment options for Type 1 diabetes, but we won’t stop until we find a cure for all patients with Type 1 diabetes”

Photo courtesy of the Westmead Institute for Medical Research (WIMR)

To donate and help support research just like Professor Wayne Hawthorne, go to our DONATE  page, email us or call us at 1800 639 037 

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Related article – The Pulse – Diabetes in Western Sydney: “It’s a bigger problem than anybody has anticipated”

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