leukaemia AUXILIARY at rch (LARCH)
Raising funds for research to advance the treatment of children with leukaemia
Area: Various suburbs around Melbourne
THE STORY SO FAR
LARCH supports the Children's Cancer Centre at The Royal Children's Hospital by raising funds for research and offering support to staff and families. Members have contributed through the sale of artworks at Yering Station, stalls, proceeds from our annual trivia night and markets.
WHAT WE ARE WORKING ON
Research projects funded by LARCH in the last financial year include the RCH Dieticians Nutrition Service Model for patients of the Children's Cancer Centre. This study has already resulted in the development of dietary information programs for all newly diagnosed patients. Other studies have shown that optimum nutrition can assist with the effectiveness of treatment for childhood cancer. It is the hope of the researchers that their findings will result in the continued funding of dietetic advice being more readily available to all children who receive treatment for childhood cancer.
We have also recently committed funds to a physiotherapy study looking at the occurrence and treatment of peripheral neuropathy, one of the side effects of Vincristine, a drug commonly used to treat leukaemia in children.
Finally, our Samaritan Fund continues to be used by the Social Work department for patients and families to cover the cost of expenses incurred by frequent and lengthy hospital admissions.
Constant use of this fund demonstrates a genuine need that is not covered by other organisations.
To find out more about what LARCH are working on click here to download the LARCH Annual Report 2012.
President: Christine Boulter
Secretary: Emma Bridgeman
Treasurer: Christine McRae
0401 241 233