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Dry July 2021 is proudly supporting :
Look Good Feel Better - Workshops for those with appearance related side-effects of cancer.
Prostate Cancer Foundation NZ - Implementation of Prost-FITT program in multiple locations across NZ for men affected by prostate cancer.
Bowel Cancer NZ - telephone support from a specialist bowel cancer nurse.
PINC & STEEL NZ - helping people affected by cancer through physical rehabilitation

See below stories of how these organisations will utilise the funds raised to help those affected by cancer.

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Dry July funds supported Look Good Feel Better NZ launching online classes for Men.

Participant to Speaker to Facilitator!

These classes are run every month for any man at any stage of their diagnosis. Men are encouraged to join as many classes as they wish to.

Paul attended his first Look Good Feel Better “Feel Stronger Live Better” class last September 2020, after hearing about it through his local men’s cancer support group in New Plymouth (Men Can Talk).

These classes include an inspirational guest speaker which the guys can “chew the fat with” and receive some “take away” of value they can use in their life. We are fortunate to have had a great line up of speakers including Dr John Mayhew, Lance Burdett and Jake Bailey.

Paul is an advocate for improving lives of people with cancer and from his own personal need to adjust and re-establish direction in his life has produced and delivers a course called “Reset your New Normal”. So we asked him to be the guest speaker last November where he shared his open, honest and practical advice and experience to facing cancer/life with confidence.

Paul was a knowledgeable and friendly speaker – he ‘got it’. We were very happy when he agreed to be one of our men’s class facilitators. He ran his first LGFB men’s class last month that was well attended by over 20 guys (half from his men’s gym group!)

By signing up to Dry July and raising funds, you’ll be helping people like Doug access fitness classes, designed for men affected by prostate cancer.

Four years ago, Doug, a retired engineer and diabetic, was getting his regular three-monthly blood tests, where they noticed some irregular results. He was quickly referred to a specialist where they performed a biopsy and discovered that Doug had prostate cancer.

After having gone through various treatments, Doug noticed several side effects, including hot flushes and a reduction in muscle strength, where he was struggling to bend down.

This is when Doug got involved with Prost-FIT classes, a weekly fitness class run by specially trained exercise professionals and designed specifically for men living with prostate cancer. Doug is now attending two classes a week, one based on boxing and the other Tai Chi.

“I have noticed a big difference since I started doing the Prost-FIT classes. I feel stronger and more flexible which means I can now bend all the way down again”.

“Not only can it improve physical fitness, but the classes also have a major positive effect on mental wellbeing too”.

Read Doug's full story here: https://www.dryjuly.co.nz/2021/dougs-story

By participating in Dry July and raising funds, you're helping people like Helen gain access to incredible cancer rehabilitation programs.

When Helen was diagnosed with breast cancer, she soon after endured chemotherapy, breast surgery and radiation. After this, despite receiving the official ‘all clear,’ Helen was left feeling very far from it.

After feeling as though she was spiraling, the fatigue became too much and Helen had to quit her job.

This is when Helen reached out to Pinc & Steel and soon got involved in the PaddleOn and Next Steps program, where she took up stand-up paddle boarding and pilates, shortly transforming her life and helping her back on the road to recovery.

"It changed my life, I was in a really bad place. It picked me up, gave me focus and made me feel back in control again and just put me in a really good place and surrounded me with really good people." 

Funds raised by Dry July will help people like Wayne access support when they need it most.

43 year old, Wayne loved going to sports practice, kicking a ball with his boys and right up until his diagnosis, he was heavily involved in surf life saving.

Concerned after finding blood in his stool, Wayne Fa’asega headed off to the doctors. His GP wasn’t dismissive about the possibility of bowel cancer but felt that the then 43-year-old was too young. Nonetheless, he put Wayne into the public health system.

After being diagnosed with Bowel Cancer, Wayne was encouraged to join Bowel Cancer New Zealand's online support group, “Everyone is there to support each other,” he enthuses. “It’s directly aimed at people with bowel cancer and all the various stages, be it stage one, two, three, stage four if it's spread around.”

After Wayne's procedure, Bowel Cancer New Zealand was able to offer Wayne free physio sessions through Pinc and Steel, which help people affected by cancer through physical rehabilitation.

Read Wayne's full story here: https://www.dryjuly.co.nz/2021/waynes-story

Funds raised by Dry July will facilitate Look Good Feel Better workshops, to help people like Stephanie face cancer with confidence.

This year, the funds you raise for Dry July will help people face cancer with confidence. Look Good Feel Better's community workshops have helped people like Stephanie feel like herself again.

After Stephanie's breast cancer diagnosis, the first thing she thought of was her daughters.

“You’ve got to be open with kids, they're smarter than you think. You can't guarantee anything in life, you can only prepare them well,” Stephanie says.

“I remember telling Hannah, ‘ Mummy's breast isn't well’ and, and she said ‘Awh, Mummy have you got breast cancer?’ I was shocked that she actually knew the word. She was asking if I am going to die.”

Stephanie explained that she would need to have medicine to make it better. But that would mean she would sometimes feel yucky, and she was going to lose her hair.

When it came time to shaving her hair off, her older daughter said "Mummy, when you up to school, can you please wear your wig?"

That is why she signed up for a free Look Good Feel Better class, to help her look more herself at the school gate. The sessions are for anyone with any cancer at any stage of treatment and include tips and tricks to disguise the visible side effects of cancer, while helping restore a person’s confidence.

“Once I walked through those doors and saw the smiling faces, I really started to feel better. You feel so cared for, all the staff and the volunteers made it a really pleasant, lovely, loving experience."

Read Stephanie's full story here: https://www.dryjuly.co.nz/2021/stephanies-story


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