Cancer Society NZ — Support cancer care in the South Island
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Support cancer care in the South Island

1 in 3 New Zealanders will face cancer in their lifetime.

Receiving a high-grade cancer diagnosis is a profound and unexpected challenge, as was the case for Colleen, a resilient 64-year-old who faced this harsh reality after a seizure in 2023. Yet, amidst the daunting journey, the warmth and welcome she and her whānau received at our accommodation became a beacon of hope.

With your help, we can ensure that no one faces cancer alone. Each cancer journey is unique, and there is a large number in our community whose geographic location impacts their access to treatment, care, and support.

Our vision is to reduce the incidence and impact of cancer, and we aim to deliver the same care for cancer patients, regardless of where they live.

Colleen and her husband Brett, hail from Kaikōura, and made the challenging journey to Christchurch for Colleen’s radiation and chemotherapy. What awaited them at the Canterbury Cancer Centre surpassed mere accommodation – it became a haven of connection and community.

Colleen reflects, “You’re given this diagnosis, and it’s scary and fearful...

But this place allows you to have hope and to share that hope with other people. This hope is vital for your wellness.”

Knowing Colleen is comfortable and connected allowed Brett to look after his mental health through his music and art.

"I’ve had the time and space to complete one painting a week while here.’’

He was also asked by other guests to share his musical talents, and happily gave several live saxophone performances to the delight of everyone.

Brett adds, “Here, we feel we can still celebrate life. Everything is positive. You can put all your good energy into recovery.”

We understand the emotional and financial burdens that come with leaving home and whānau during debilitating cancer treatment.

Through Daffodil House in Dunedin and the Canterbury Cancer Centre in Christchurch, we offer free accommodation across our sixty-three rooms – a sanctuary of comfort and care for patients and their loved ones. Learn more about our accommodation in the latest newsletter

Brett feels that for every dollar given, the benefits for those in need are tenfold.

“Not only do you get that amazing support provided by the Cancer Society, but the weight of a diagnosis is lifted. And everyone who comes here immediately connects with at least ten other people who all help bear the burden.”

“This stay will enable Colleen’s recovery,” says Brett with a smile for Colleen.

“We’re going to beat this.”

We rely on the generosity of our supporters, like you, to keep the doors of Daffodil House and the Canterbury Cancer Centre accommodation open and functioning each day.

Your donation will ensure Kiwis have a home away from home when facing a cancer diagnosis.