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The Debbie Jesser Memorial Fund has continued to reach more facilities in its third year of operation. We are delighted to advise that the Fund now provides the following:

  • 1 therapy dog at Lutheran Aged Care – Yallaroo
  • 1 therapy dog at Lutheran Aged Care - Della Court
  • 1 therapy dog at Genesis Radiation Oncology
  • 2 therapy dogs at Ramsey Health Border Cancer Centre
  • 1 therapy dog at Albury Wodonga Private Hospital – Karinya Mental Health
  • 1 therapy dog at Bupa Wodonga
  • 1 therapy dog at Macarthur Cancer Therapy Centre
  • 1 therapy dog at Estia Health Thurgoona
  • 1 therapy dog at Southern Cross Lavington Apartments
  • 1 therapy dog at Yackandandah Nursing Home 
  • 1 therapy dog at Murray Gardens Retirement Village
  • 2 therapy dogs at Estia Health Wodonga
  • 1 therapy dog at Epworth Freemasons
  • 1 therapy dog at Jarrah Retreat
  • 1 therapy dog at Epworth Healthcare
  • 1 therapy dog at Epworth Healthcare - Richmond - Cancer Day Centre
  • 1 therapy dog at Epping Radiation Oncology Centre

This is wonderful news as we are able to bring the happiness of pet therapy to more residents and patients.

 

Leah & Shadow at Macarthur Cancer Therapy Centre, NSW

Shadow is such a great therapy dog. At our last visit there was a patient there with a small child about the same height as Shadow. He went straight up to the little girl and demanded some pats and cuddles. She started to giggle and everyone in the waiting room was smiling at the pair.

The mother picked the little girl up and stood her on a chair to look at the fish in the fish tank. Shadow then hopped up onto the chair next to her and started watching the fish also. Everyone was laughing as it was so adorable. When the pair came down from their chairs, Shadow continued to visit patients and the little girl followed Shadow all around the waiting room. Shadow had his own shadow! She would hug him at every given chance and just enjoyed his company. The pair kept patients and staff happy and laughing for quite a while.

“Leah and Shadow are a welcome addition to the MCTC team. They brighten the faces of patients and their carers and the staff as well. I often have staff asking me when Shadow is due in as they look forward to his visits. Shadow has such a gentle friendly nature; it’s only natural that people are drawn to him.

Leah has recently taught Shadow to ring the bell at reception which the front desk staff find very amusing. We are so grateful to have the Delta dogs working in our centre and for the Debbie Jesser Memorial Fund for supporting the visits.

Nicole Cusack, Assistant Director of Radiation Therapy