Helpful Guide for Cancer Patients and Carers - Introduction
The Jim Bacon Foundation provides practical support and financial assistance to cancer patients and organisations that support them during their treatment. The Foundation puts a very human face on providing practical and immediate assistance to those who need it most by addressing a range of needs as they are identified by the individuals involved and at the discretion of those providing care. All funds raised are distributed to service providers who work directly with the patients, carers and families.
Jim Bacon spent 25 years working in the union movement representing others and in 1996 became a Member of Parliament. In 1998 he was proudly elected Premier of Tasmania, a position he held until his resignation in March of 2004. The Jim Bacon Foundation was formed after Jim was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer and his untimely death in June 2004.
During Jimís treatment he raised $40,000 to buy much needed recliner chairs and equipment for the Royal Hobart Hospital, Spurr Wing Launceston and the Launceston General Hospital. Jimís ethos was always to improve the quality of peopleís lives and the foundation continues this ethos.
This booklet was put together as a direct result of the information we needed to know during not only Jimís treatment, but the many people we became involved with and who also shared this journey. I would like to thank all who have contributed to this bank of helpful hints and information which I hope will assist you in your journey and recovery.
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