Your generous donations enable the Foundation to support transformational healthcare for patients in their time of need, through St John of God Health Care.
Hearing the news that I only had 12 months to live was shocking - Alex Marshall
The impact of your generosity
Immunotherapy treatment gives Valerie an incredible outcome
Otherwise fit and healthy Valerie Davis was diagnosed with lung cancer in October 2018 after being tested for a cough that wouldn't go away.Read More
Looking back over 25 years of support
Your support over the past 25 years has provided over $40 million to support advanced healthcare for our communities.Read More
State-of-the-art equipment, thanks to your support
Three new state-of-the-art ultrasound machines have been purchased for St John of God Berwick, Geelong, and Mount Lawley hospitals to support personalised maternity care for mums-to-be.Read More
Generous Guthrie study bursary supports better patient care are Murdoch Hospital
When Annette Guthrie, a much-loved Patient Care Assistant (PCA) at St John of God Murdoch Hosptial, sadly passed away at 55 with recurring lymphoma, her family kept her spirit alive by helping others.Read More
"It was a miracle of miracles. Thanks to the wonderful care I received, I am still alive today." - Tony.Read More
Joong was diagnosed with renal cell cancer in 2013 at age 35 when his spine collapsed. Finding Footprints Day Centre was a blessing.Read More
A new technology, funded by St John of God Foundation donors, provided 29-year-old Emma English personalised cancer care which helped save her life.Read More
Footprints Day Centre
Footprints Day Centre provides practical and emotional support to patients and their families in their time of greatest need.Read More
My doctors said I would have zero chance of survival if the tumor wasn't removed.
A new technology, funded by the St John of God Foundation donors, provided 29-year-old Emma English personalised cancer care which helped save her life.
"When I was initially diagnosed with bowel cancer, my doctor recommended surgery along with 18 months of chemotherapy - it was a really long and hard time for me and my family, " Emma said.
“When I finally completed the treatment and got the all clear, I was so relieved.”
“In February 2017, it all came crashing down again when a routine PET scan revealed that the cancer had spread to my liver.”
“I was told I would have a zero per cent chance of survival if the new tumour wasn’t removed.”
Emma, then aged 28, was facing another surgery and a further 12 months of chemotherapy.
“My husband Link and I got married between my surgery, and my first day of chemotherapy,” she said.
“I was so sick, I spent more time in hospital than I did out – no one wants to spend their first year as husband and wife in hospital.”
During the course of her treatment, Emma’s body reacted negatively to majority of the chemotherapy drugs – so doctors worked together to craft an individualised care plan to treat Emma’s cancer.
Emma’s Oncologist used the technology MiSequencer, purchased using generous donations from the community, to identify the gene sequence of her cancer, which had spread from her bowel to her liver... read more.