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Dry July 2020 is proudly supporting :

* Look Good Feel Better - workshops for those with appearance related side-effects of cancer.
* Prostate Cancer Foundation NZ - rollout of Prost-fit program for men affected by prostate cancer.
* Bowel Cancer NZ - telephone support from a specialist bowel cancer nurse.

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

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Look Good Feel Better classes improve the comfort and wellbeing of people like Jill.

For Jill Solomon, the hardest part of her cancer diagnosis was what to say to family and friends and in particular her three school-age sons. 

“Having to tell them was a touchy moment. They are 15, 13 and 10. Because it was breast cancer, they didn’t want to know too much,” she says. “I decided I had to keep it quite factual, and ensure life did not change too much for them.” 

Jill was able to work through much of her months of treatment, that involved a partial mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiation. 

“I was coming to the end of my chemotherapy treatment and I started to think ‘what is the new me going to look like?’. I had an aunty who had been through Look Good Feel Better, and she said it was an amazing day. 

“It is a safe place to hang out for a couple of hours - you feel safe being vulnerable with other people who are going through or have been going through it, they understand the challenges that you face – such as having no eyelashes or eyebrows. I use the tricks I learned now, and I am using the products, says Jill. 

Your Dry July fundraising means we can continue supporting Look Good Feel Better New Zealand to help people like Jill. 

You can read Jill’s full story here: www.dryjuly.co.nz/2020/jills-story

Your Dry July fundraising helps Prostate Cancer Foundation of New Zealand support people like Chris.

Chris Ward knows only too well the benefits of going to Prostate Cancer Support Groups. So much so, the 70-year-old from Lincoln who was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2018, is now running his own Support Group for men with prostate cancer and their families.

Chris and his wife Dianne run a support group in Lincoln on the 4th Wednesday of the month that is well attended with over 40 people on their books. The Support Groups run under the guidance of the Prostate Cancer Foundation of New Zealand, are a great way for men and their partners living with prostate cancer to tell their stories and to help people who have been recently diagnosed to navigate their way through the healthcare system and to consider the many treatment options they may have.

Your Dry July fundraising means we can continue supporting Prostate Cancer Foundation of New Zealand to help people like Chris.

You can read Chris’ full story here: www.dryjuly.co.nz/2020/chris-story

Dry July fundraising helps Bowel Cancer NZ support people like Kat

Katherine (Kat) was one of the many Kiwis considered ‘too young’ to have bowel cancer – she was diagnosed at age 34. “My only initial symptom was fatigue. I had two kids at the time, so I saw my GP, who said my iron levels were really low, and prescribed iron tablets.”

“I’ve had a lot of support along the way, particularly from Bowel Cancer NZ," she says.

“Mary (at Bowel Cancer NZ) provided me with one-to-one support and explained all that they do to help people get through this horrible diagnosis. It’s quite hard at first as people didn’t want to talk about it, but I did want to talk about it.”

Your Dry July fundraising means we can continue supporting Bowel Cancer NZ to help people like Kat.

You can read Kat’s full story here: www.dryjuly.co.nz/2020/kats-story

Your Dry July fundraising means we can continue supporting Look Good Feel Better New Zealand to help people like Melwyn.

Melwyn Le Comte was prepared to lose her hair, however when she shed her eyebrows, it brought her to tears.

A diagnosis is tough for anyone, but just days after surgery for breast cancer, her mother-in-law passed away from pancreatic cancer, and the 46-year-old wasn’t able to attend her funeral. 

She was exhausted, bereft of femininity and mourning the loss of her husband’s mother. That is why she doesn’t underestimate the restorative power of attending a Look Good Feel Better class. 

Free to anyone having any form of cancer treatment, the classes include not only a pamper session and make-up tips and tricks to combat the side effects of treatment, they also provide a welcoming environment for people to be with others who truly understand what it’s like to be going through cancer. 

Your Dry July fundraising means we can continue supporting Look Good Feel Better New Zealand to help people like Melwyn. 

You can read Melwyn’s full story here: www.dryjuly.co.nz/2020/melwyns-story

Prostate Cancer Foundation of New Zealand is using Dry July funds to help people like Teka and Jan.

Teka, now 72, was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer in 2004 and is still going strong after several rounds of treatment.

Support groups are just one of the many ways the Prostate Cancer Foundation can help men and their partners. Another is a fitness programme the Foundation has been trialing in Christchurch for men with prostate cancer called Prost-FIT. Teka is part of this group which meets weekly and has from 10 to 14 people regularly taking part.

Jan says that “Teka has really enjoyed being part of this programme, it made a big change to his motivation and he really likes it because it is a fun way to spend time with others in his situation. Teka also likes the inclusiveness for Māori participants like him with poi and haka exercises”.

Your Dry July fundraising means we can continue supporting Prostate Cancer Foundation of New Zealand to help people like Teka and Jan.

You can read Teka and Jan’s full story here: www.dryjuly.co.nz/2020/teka-and-jans-story


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