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Leukaemia village notes city’s support

Wednesday, 31st July, 2013

By Emily Roberts

A representative of the Leukaemia Foundation will be in the city tomorrow to talk about the $10 million village under construction in Adelaide.

The first apartment in the village will be known as the ‘Will Kuerschner - Spirit of Broken Hill Apartment’, in memory of a young local, Will Kuerschner, who lost his battle with leukaemia in 2009.

People will be able to buy an engraved paver to go on the path near the apartment.

Leukaemia Foundation’s General Manager SA/NT Simon Matthias will host a community information session.

“I will be specifically talking about the project’s progress and how it will benefit people from regional Australia living with a blood cancer,” Mr Matthias said.

Scheduled for handover in early October, the new complex will include 15 two and three-bedroom apartments, as well as recreational and patient support facilities including a gymnasium, games room, library, meditation room and an education auditorium.

The foundation’s support staff would live on-site meaning that support would be on hand for residents.

“It will have taken less than 12 months to get the village built, which is good - we thought it would take much longer,” Mr Matthias said.

“A characteristic of blood cancers is that treatment needs to start quickly - often after being diagnosed a patient will be taken to a hospital to begin treatment.

“For those in regional areas, it can be a huge upheaval. Another characteristic is that treatment can often take four months at a time.

“People don’t want to be staying at a hotel for that amount of time. The village means having a fully furnished, self-contained apartment at no cost.”

Mr Matthias said Broken Hill had contributed much to the village.

“The group, Friends of Leukaemia, which is organised by Katie Maxwell, have been very active in their support for the village,” he said.

Tomorrow’s information session is open to everyone.

“People will be able to share their experiences and talk to others,” he said.

“Patients living with the disease can catch up with the latest development and those who are newly diagnosed can seek information.

“People can come and find out more about what we do or more about blood cancers.”

WHAT: Village info session

WHERE: Broken Earth Cafe

WHEN: Tomorrow, 11.30am

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