Pindan is honouring one of its much-loved young team members who lost her life to cancer by dedicating a room to her at Cancer Council WA’s Milroy Lodge in Shenton Park.
Natasha Curran was 25 years old when she passed away earlier this year. She was just 22 years when first diagnosed with bone cancer (osteosarcoma) and lost a leg to the disease.
Pindan has been donating to Cancer Council WA since 2017, having raised more than $20,000, as well as supporting staff to take part in the charity’s Corporate Volunteering Program.
Pindan Director Scott Davison said with the group’s staff having twice visited Milroy Lodge in Shenton Park to volunteer, it was an easy choice to honour Natasha by adopting a room there.
Milroy Lodge is a vital resource offering comfortable accommodation as a ‘home-away-from-home’ for country cancer patients and their carers. Prior to COVID-19, some of our team members had been there to help cook meals for patients and connect with them, witnessing first-hand just how important a space it is, so the idea to ‘Adopt a Room’ and dedicate it to Natasha by placing a plaque on the door with her name on it seemed fittingScott Davison, Pindan Director.
Natasha’s mum, Katie Swan, said she was grateful Pindan was partnering with Cancer Council WA to remember her daughter.
“She would have been thrilled and I’m sure just a little overwhelmed as she always was at Pindan’s generosity towards her,” she said.
“Tasha was always such an inspiration to me; she continued to have so much hope throughout her treatment and continued to live her life to her fullest potential for as long as she was able to.
“The ability to continue to live her life as normally as possible was extremely important to her and I know that the adoption of the room in her memory will also support those who have to travel away from their homes for treatment.
“I feel sure the generosity of Pindan and the Cancer Council WA will help families to feel comfortable and cared for during the most challenging of times.”
Cancer Council WA CEO Ashley Reid said they were so thankful to Pindan for its continued support.
“We are so grateful Pindan has chosen our Adopt a Room program to honour Natasha,” Mr Reid said.
“By ‘adopting a room’, Pindan is helping to provide vital support services that bridge the gap for regional patients and their carers by providing a home away from home.
“Cancer diagnosis can mark the beginning of a journey full of emotional, psychological, physical and practical challenges.
“For someone living in the country, these challenges are amplified by the additional stresses of having to travel long distances for treatment and separation from their home and support networks.
Adopt a Room is an opportunity for individuals and organisations to directly help support WA families and help ease the increased burden faced by country patientsAshley Reid, Cancer Council WA CEO
Mr Reid said the program will allow every guest who stays in the rooms to know they are supported by the WA community.
“Throughout COVID-19 the Lodge has remained a much-needed refuge for country cancer patients needing to travel to Perth for treatment,” he said.
“Adopt a Room gives organisations like Pindan the opportunity to be a part of reducing the inequalities country cancer patients face and help make this part of their experience a little bit easier.”