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Hand knitted beanies make Christmas bright

December 20th, 2018

Gifts of handmade Christmas beanies were delivered to Westmead Neonatal Intensive Care Unit today, by one of Westmead Medical Research Foundations most active supporters.

Lynette Clark is one very special lady, supporting the work of the Foundation in so many ways.  Not only does she manage to fit in organising the annual ‘Run 4 Jess’, which benefits our Supportive and Palliative Care ward C5c, she also finds time to crochet beanies for some of our tiniest patients, the babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.  Lynette is also a talented seamstress, donating a quilt which she made by hand, to help raise funds for our Crown Princess Mary Cancer Centre.

Lynette with NUM Robyn

When Lynette’s beloved daughter-in-law Jess was diagnosed with cancer, she received treatment in our Crown Princess Mary Cancer Centre, and in our Supportive and Palliative Care ward C5c.  Sadly, Jess lost her battle with cancer early in 2013.  Lynette and her son Steve started Run 4 Jess as a way of giving back to Westmead Hospital, and to honour Jess’s memory.

Currently preparing for the 7th annual Run 4 Jess, Lynette hopes to see many more participants take part in the 4km and 8km fun run, which continues to raise much needed funds for C5c.  Next year the event will be held at the Gipps Road Sporting Complex in Greystanes, on March 16th.  More information about the event will be posted in the coming weeks but to keep up to date on any further developments, visit their Facebook page.

Thank you, Lynette, for all you do to support the staff and patients at Westmead Hospital.

 

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Spreading Christmas Cheer at Westmead Hospital

December 18th, 2018

Receiving a cancer diagnosis is never easy. For many, the treatment they require comes with brand new challenges.

Loss of hair, eyelashes and eyebrows and dry itchy skin conditions can greatly affect patients’ self esteem, particularly female.

To help bring some festive cheer and happiness, patients at Westmead Hospital’s Crown Princess Mary Cancer Centre received an early Christmas treat thanks our friends at Good360.

WMRF worked with Good360, an organisation which redistributes excess brand name cosmetics and skincare to charities.

Westmead Hospital Crown Princess Mary Cancer Centre nurse manager Noeline Rozanc said there is evidence that women who undergo cancer treatment through chemotherapy or radiotherapy suffer hair loss or may feel vulnerable and lose their self-confidence.

“Make-up or beauty and skin products can help restore some of that confidence and self-esteem,” Ms Rozanc said.

“The Christmas pamper packs included brand new foundation, mascara, blusher, bronzer, nail varnish and eyeliner. We also received skincare products for males as well as Qantas pyjamas and slippers.

“A nurse said to me it was nice to give patients something for themselves and not just for their cancer treatment.”

WMRF head of development Joe Conneely said he was pleased to have been able to donate the gifts to help patients at Westmead Hospital.

“It’s nice at this time of year to be able to do something for our patients, and I look forward to working with Good360 in the future,” Mr Conneely said.

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Your generosity will help families at Westmead Hospital

December 17th, 2018

This Christmas, give a gift to WMRF to help families. The WMRF Christmas Appeal helps fund life-saving medical research and healthcare at Westmead Hospital.

“This year, we share the story of Denver and her son Carson who are here today, thanks to the brilliant work of our talented clinicians and staff at Westmead Hospital,” WMRF Head of Development, Joe Conneely said.

Denver lives a life like many other young women in the suburbs with her partner but suffers from a rare condition – biliary atresia – which affects one in 20,000 people worldwide.

The condition scars and blocks the bile duct and causes liver damage. Until recently, women with biliary atresia were advised that becoming pregnant might lead to a deterioration in their condition.

Luckily for Denver, who has been under the care of world-renowned hepatologist, Professor Jacob George and his team at Westmead Hospital, her condition was treated and stabilised and she could explore the possibility of starting a family of her own.

Denver was under the care of the Westmead Institute for Maternal Foetal Medicine which provides services and support  for women and families who undergo a complex pregnancy. This team worked together with the gastroenterology and hepatology team to address all aspects of care are centred on Denver.

Thanks to the expertise of specialist teams at Westmead Hospital, Denver and her partner Cody, welcomed baby Carson into the world in October this year.

Denver with baby Carson

“I encourage you to support the brilliant work and research performed at Westmead Hospital and give generously – this will help save and improve lives for people in our communities.”

Click here to make a donation.

For more information about supporting WMRF please contact us on 1800 639 037 or via email.

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Mrs P's Day, 26 May 2018

May 25th, 2018


Photo of Mrs P, provided by Merrylands Rugby Union Club

Merrylands Rugby Union Club will be holding their Annual Cancer Fundraiser – Mrs P’s Day – on the 26th May 2018 at Holroyd Sports Ground from 1pm. There will be food, raffles, rugby and a gold coin donation ladies lunch, with all proceeds from the day going to Westmead Medical Research Foundation to further support Cancer patients and their families and also aid in fighting the awful disease.

Merrylands Rugby Union Club fundraise in honour of Helen “Mrs P” Parker, who tragically lost her life from Cancer. Helen spent a large part of her life as part of the Merrylands Rugby family and they continue to honour her through all they do.

For more information about the day please go to Merrylands Rugby Union Club page.

For more information about supporting WMRF and hosting a fundraising event, please contact us on 1800 639 037 or via email.


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Wolves Win Game for Westmead’s Cancer Centre

WMRF says thank you to our fundraisers

 

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A “Little Lion” inspires a big difference

May 23rd, 2018

Westmead Hospital is the busiest centre for newborn care in NSW. Nearly 6000 babies are born at the hospital each year. Of those, around 1600 will require specialist care in the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit – NICU.

The World's Tiniest Fighters

Hear the story behind Anthony 'Little Lion' Kastoun and why raising money for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the Westmead Medical Research Foundation is close to the hearts of Robert Kastoun and Victoria Harb Kastoun.You can find the link to donate online here: http://fundraise.wmrf.org.au/champion/wmrf-champions/VICTORIAKASTOUNOr check out our event page NICU Fundraiser Amazing Race at Rev X

Posted by Revolution X Performance Centre on Thursday, 17 May 2018

 

Anthony Samuel Leon Kastoun aka ‘’Little Lion’’ was one of those babies. Today, he’s a happy, healthy toddler but when he was born, he required serious neonatal specialist care. He was born 14 weeks earlier than his expected due date, weighed just over 900g and spent 77 days at NICU fighting for his life.

                       Image from Little Lion’s fundraising page click on image

Anthony’s parents, Victoria and Robert Kastoun held the first charity games day in 2017 at their Revolution X Performance Centre in Holroyd, to support the work of Westmead Medical Research Foundation (WMRF).

2017: Revolution X & The Little Lion Cafe Proudly Supporting The “Tiny But Mighty”

All funds raised were directed towards the purchase of life-saving equipment for Westmead’s NICU.

                                Anthony ‘ Little Lion’ Samuel Leon Kastoun

Victoria and Robert continue their pledge to give back to NICU and just recently successfully held a second “Rev X Annual Charity Fundraiser Games Day” – a fundraising event that enabled this family to exceed their fundraising goal of $25,000.

                                            2018 Rev X: Charity Games

With the ‘Amazing Race’ style, the enthusiastic participants who joined the games had to show their physical stamina and de-code a series of brain-teasers to get through the rounds and to claim a spot on the podium.

                                                2018 Rev X annual charity fundraiser games day

“Thanks to the entire Rev X community for again supporting our charity event and help us raise more than $30,000 for NICU,” Victoria said.

“Congrats to our winners, and thank you to all our participants, donors and everyone involved in helping us raise much needed funds for the world’s tiniest fighters.”

Donor generosity plays a crucial role in enhancing the treatment and care of patients at Westmead Hospital.

                                                        Kastoun Family at Rev X: Charity Games 2018

Westmead Medical Research Foundation wants to thank Victoria, her family, friends and their Rev X members for their incredible commitment to babies and families across western Sydney – and beyond.

Robert Kastoun, Marlene Nasr (WMRF Community Relations & Events Manager), & Victoria Kastoun

For more information about supporting Westmead Medical Research Foundation via hosting a fundraising event, please contact Marlene Nasr, WMRF Community Relations and Events Manager on 1800 639 037.

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‘Little Lion’ & the Amazing Race

Rev X: Amazing Race

Revolution X & The Little Lion Cafe Proudly Supporting The “Tiny But Mighty”


VIDEO: Thanks Sargents (featuring Victoria Kastoun and Anthony ‘Little Lion’

 

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Coleman Greig Challenge: Save the date

May 23rd, 2018

The countdown for the 2018 Coleman Greig Challenge has started, so mark your calendar to join this annual event on Friday, 21 September 2018.

For the third consecutive year, Westmead Medical Research Foundation (WMRF) is one of the beneficiaries of an event that provides businesses and individuals with the opportunity to make a difference to the Western Sydney community.

During the recent launch of the Challenge, Coleman Greig Lawyers Principal, Andrew Grima, thanked the businesses who have already agreed to sponsor the 6th version of the event.

“In the past five years the Challenge has raised nearly $600,000 for our charity partners and the amazing work they do giving children with special needs and newborns opportunities and support to be the best they can be,” Andrew said.

“Participant numbers have also increased from 103 back in 2013 to over 500 in 2017.”

Once again, Olympian Jana Pittman is an ambassador for this year’s event, along with WSLHD’s former director of supportive and palliative medicine Dr Phillip Lee, who is also a cyclist enthusiast.

2017 Coleman Greig Challenge with Jana Pittman and some of Westmead’s team

Grab your training gear and join the businesses and individuals who will come together to run, ride or walk in beautiful Parramatta Park and enjoy the celebratory breakfast offered at Old Government House.

In 2017 more than 50 WSLHD employees joined the challenge. Let’s beat that number this year with more participants and more funds to support the work of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Westmead Hospital.

For further information about the Coleman Greig Challenge, please visit https://colemangreigchallenge2018.gofundraise.com.au/

To find out how you can support WMRF please call us on 1800 639 037 or email.

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Get fit, have fun and give back

Rain, hail or shine, the Coleman Greig Challenge is a must go event!

An invitation for businesses

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CG Challenge, Corporate for Community 2017

 

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'Little Lion' & the Amazing Race

May 18th, 2018

Revolution X Performance Centre: Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Fundraiser Amazing Race

Watch the story behind Anthony ‘Little Lion’ Kastoun and why raising money for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Westmead Hospital, and the Westmead Medical Research Foundation (WMRF) is close to the hearts of Robert Kastoun and Victoria Harb Kastoun WMRF Heart

The World's Tiniest Fighters

Hear the story behind Anthony 'Little Lion' Kastoun and why raising money for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the Westmead Medical Research Foundation is close to the hearts of Robert Kastoun and Victoria Harb Kastoun.You can find the link to donate online here: http://fundraise.wmrf.org.au/champion/wmrf-champions/VICTORIAKASTOUNOr check out our event page NICU Fundraiser Amazing Race at Rev X

Posted by Revolution X Performance Centre on Thursday, 17 May 2018

 

Date:        Saturday 19, May 2018
Time:       7am – 12noon
Where:    Click for map & directions Revolution X Performance Centre, 4/29 Crescent St, Holroyd NSW 2142

 

If you would like to support Victoria & Robert in their fundraising event, please donate to their online fundraising page .

For more information about supporting WMRF and hosting a fundraising event, please contact Marlene Nasr, Community Relations & Events Manager on 1800 639 037 or via email.

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Related links:

Rev X: Amazing Race

Revolution X & The Little Lion Cafe Proudly Supporting The “Tiny But Mighty”


VIDEO: Thanks Sargents (featuring Victoria Kastoun and Anthony ‘Little Lion’

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Music and dance with a purpose

May 16th, 2018


                                                      2018 Puthandu Vizha celebration

Last month, during the Puthandu Vizha celebration, enthusiastic members and volunteers from the Sydney Tamil Magalir Mandram (STMM) Inc organised a family day full of music and dance to fundraise for Westmead Medical Research Foundation (WMRF).

During the recent cheque presentation, STMM president and founder, Ms. Vinithra Jayaraman said that she was very pleased with the fundraising efforts.

“In 2017 our community group raised $800 towards the work of the Foundation. This year with the support of generous guests and their families we managed to raise $2,200 for the purchase of wheelchairs Westmead Hospital patients,” Ms Jayaraman said.

The family event was filled with dance performances, delicious food, and engaging stalls showcasing traditional apparel, jewellery and home décor created by women entrepreneurs.

WMRF is very grateful for the ongoing support of STMM.

For more information about supporting Westmead Medical Research Foundation via hosting a fundraising event, please contact WMRF on 1800 639 037 or via email.

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Related links:

Rev X: Amazing Race

Round up to Make a Difference

Having a haircut soon?

Winners of Mother’s Day raffle

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Having a haircut soon?

May 14th, 2018

If you want to get rid of your afro, trim your fringe or have a new bob, why not head to JustCuts Parramatta and receive the Westmead Hospital staff special offer.

JustCuts – Parrmatta & Burwood salons have generously launched a 12-month “give back promotion” to support the work of Westmead Medical Research Foundation (WMRF).

They are offering all Westmead staff $5 off every haircut at their Parramatta (Westfield) and Burwood stores. A further $2 from that haircut will be donated back to WMRF.

All funds raised are directed to support the delivery of patient care and medical research.

Simply show your staff ID or mention the Westmead Hospital promotion.

There is also a fundraising page where you can support this great initiative. https://fundraise.wmrf.org.au/profile/justcutsparrabur

This offer will run until May 2019!

To find out about other ways to support patient care at Westmead, please contact WMRF on 1800 639 037 or email us.

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Fundraising Page 

Round up to Make a Difference

 

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Winners of Mother’s Day raffle

May 11th, 2018

Congratulations to all the winners from the Westmead Medical Research Foundation – WMRF Mother’s Day raffle.


Some of the Foundation’s staff members had the opportunity to meet the lucky winners as they collected their prizes.

Val Solman won the 1st prize, a Lexus ‘3-Day Drive Experience’ and a $200 Nick’s Seafood Restaurant voucher. Val can’t wait to drive this vehicle. “Hopefully it’s a black car,” Val said.


Val Solman won the 1st prize, pictured with Ana Gatt, WMRF Marketing & Development Manager

The 2nd prize winner was Ann Williams who was lucky to receive a Chelsea Photography voucher, a JustCuts hair voucher and a Rach T full face glam makeover voucher – a well deserved prize to pamper herself.


Ann Williams, 2nd prize winner with Ana Gatt, WMRF Marketing & Development Manager

Kelsey Boivin & Chris Pettigrew won the 3rd prize, a Vittoria Capino coffee machine with 72 coffee capsules. For immediate enjoyment of the coffee, the prize also included a set of 6 ceramic cups and saucers.

Kelsey Boivin & Chris Pettigrew, 3rd prize winners

The winner of the 4th prize was Rebecca Wall who took home The Shabby Shed ‘Mother’s’ gift pack including a willow tree figurine and a candle.

Thank you to all staff, hospital visitors and members of the community who purchased tickets to support medical research and patient care.

Special thanks also are extended to the businesses who donated the prizes for the raffle for their continued support of the Foundation.

                                              Ann and Isabella at the Westmead Hospital foyer, 2 May 2018

WMRF wish all the mothers a Happy Day!

For more information about supporting WMRF and hosting a fundraising event, please contact us on 1800 639 037 or email us.

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Mother’s Day Raffle 2018

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