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Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH) patient Merilyn May is raffling a Broncos jersey to raise money for cancer services, despite being given the jersey to raise funds for herself after being diagnosed with breast cancer late last year.
Merilyn, who also worked on site at the hospital, hoped to raise $2,500.
“Cancer is very expensive for a lot of people especially if you need to take time off work. So Stephen Dancey, a Central West Indigenous Health Worker who I have known for many years, originally gave me the jersey as he thought I could raffle it to cover some [of my] expenses,” she said.
“I know I could have done that but it’s better this way. Now the money raised will benefit lots of people and their families at PAH.”
Merilyn had been receiving chemotherapy at PAH since January this year.
More than $1,000 has already been raised for the PA Research Foundation, with tickets for the signed number five 2016 Broncos (away) jersey selling for $5 each.
Merilyn said her Biomedical Technology Services (BTS) team regularly raised money for the hospital.
“We see every day how hard all the nurses and doctors work to care for patients,” she said.
“That dedication has inspired us to regularly host morning teas and hold raffles to raise money for the hospital through the PA Research Foundation.”
PA Research Foundation CEO Damian Topp said the money raised would go towards research, staff education or patient support.
“The funds raised by Merilyn and the BTS team will provide PAH cancer services with extra funds, which can be used to improve cancer patients’ comfort and overall experience during their visits,” he said.
“We’re blown away by Merilyn’s kind donation and for the ongoing support of the BTS team, and encourage all to purchase a raffle ticket to help her reach the $2,500 target.”
The winner will be drawn at a BTS morning team at PAH on Thursday 31 August. To purchase a ticket visit: https://www.pafoundation.org.au/store/products/11