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VOLUNTEERS: From back, left,

Meg Hill and Graham Campbell (Whyalla Lions Club), Consulting Oncologist Sankha Mitra, Brian Marshall (Mt Laura Lions Club), Raelene Williams (Pink Spirits) and Director of Nursing Julie Marron. Front,

Barry Spry (Mt Laura Lions Club) Chloe Coles, Sharon Powell, Mari Woodfield (Pink Spirits), Sandra Rimmer (Hospital Auxillary) and Breast care Nurse Kate Kroll.

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A $45,000 cold cap machine which can reduce hair loss during chemotherapy by up to 85 per cent has been purchased for the Whyalla Hospital thanks to the fundraising efforts of volunteers in the community.

The Paxman Cooling System, now located in the hospital's Cancer Resource Centre, features a small refrigeration unit that circulates a coolant at minus four degrees Celsius through to a specially designed cap.

Patients wear this 'cold cap' which slows down the blood flow to the scalp and decreases the amount of hair loss chemotherapy drugs cause. It's a twin system, so two patients can use the machine at the same time.

Consulting Oncologist Professor Sankha Mitra said losing hair was a very big issue for female cancer patients because they lose their anonymity.

"There are also issues of body image and maintaining a positive outlook while undergoing intensive chemotherapy," she said.

"There have been patients in the past who have had to go to Adelaide for the cold cap treatment. The whole aim was to get cancer treatment as close to patients' home as possible.

"Having the cold cap machine here is a big advantage because Whyalla is the regional cancer centre."

The Whyalla Pink Spirits contributed $20,000 to the system, with part of those funds raised by chemotherapy patient Sharon Powell, who organised a fundraiser earlier this year with her daughter-in-law Chloe Coles.

Ms Powell, who lost her hair during chemotherapy, said it was a big win for female patients to hold on to some of their hair while undergoing treatment.

"Now we have our machine it will be interesting to see how it really works," she said.

Ms Coles said she was 'very excited' to hear the machine was coming to Whyalla after their hard work raising funds.

Pink Spirits President Raelene Williams said she had met many women who had lost their hair during cancer treatment through her support group.

"It's something that affects ladies more than anything else because it's so visual. If this machine does what it is meant to do, it will be really beneficial for the people who use it," she said.

The Whyalla Ladies Auxiliary ($10,000), Mount Laura Lions Club ($3000) and the Lions Club of Whyalla ($2000) also chipped in to secure the machine for Whyalla.

Mt Laura Lions Club Past President Brian Marshall said the purchase was proof that funds raised by their sausage sizzles went to something valuable.

"A product like this is what you sausage money goes to," he said.

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Local athletes know the additional costs involved in chasing their dreams when they involve travelling to Adelaide, interstate or even overseas.
 

SUPPORT: Whyalla City Council STARCLUB Officer Alberto Salatino, Gift Foundation Chairman Graeme Lowe and Rotary Secretary Keith Sichler.

 
Fortunately, the Whyalla Gift Foundation can offer much needed support to these athletes.
Gift Foundation Chairman Graeme Lowe recently attended a Whyalla Rotary meeting to explain how the foundation works and how it benefits the local community.
 
“The foundation exists to support individuals and groups selected to represent Whyalla, SA or Australia in their chosen sporting field,” he said.
Established in 1991, the fundation has helped 500 individuals, 75 clubs and distributed more than $140,000 grants.
 
Its generously funded by donations by the Whyalla City Council and the Lions Club of Whyalla Mt Laura’s Dutch Shed at the Whyalla Show.
 
Rotary Secretary Keith Sichler said that Rotary often received requests for support from individuals, but generally aimed to support broader causes.
 
“However, this is an opportunity for us to meet both of those aims and provide support to those representing Whyalla at a state and national level,” he said.
 
“The Gift Foundation is an excellent community initiative.”
The Rotary Club of Whyalla donated $500 to the foundation so that their valuable assistance can continue.

 

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