Delta Goodrem and The Kinghorn Cancer Centre
As one of Australia’s most awarded and successful female singer songwriters, Delta Goodrem , was successfully treated for cancer (Hodgkin’s lymphoma) on the St Vincent’s campus when she was just 18. After focusing on her return to good health and her international musical career, Goodrem has been a committed supporter of numerous cancer charity initiatives and had always hoped to find a way to give back to those who helped her and to play a meaningful role in securing a brighter future for people with cancer. Delta was delighted to accept the role of Patron of The Kinghorn Cancer Centre and feels inspired to bring attention and donations to such an incredible new state of the art facility that will help so many Australians who will be diagnosed and affected with cancer.
Delta has been promoting the cause throughout the development of the Centre. She performed at the public launch of the fundraising campaign in October 2008 and at numerous private events with guests who may wish to support the Centre. You can read the speech she gave at the press conference officially launching the campaign below. Delta participated in Nuns Run events, a major fundraising walk from Dubbo to Darlinghurst led by two Sisters of Charity which raised over $200,000. She was a part of the ‘topping out’ ceremony for the building and shared a ‘hard hat’ tour with major donors to the Centre (see video below).
In Delta’s Words
My relationship with St Vincent’s campus goes back to when I was treated for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma nine years ago. During that time I developed a close connection with the doctors and nursing staff at the hospital, or as I like to call them the angels.
I am honoured to be the Patron of The Kinghorn Cancer Centre, a new facility for all Australians who have been diagnosed with cancer. As I reflect back on my own cancer experience, it was a deeply private journey and I can openly say that the compassionate environment at St Vincent’s made me feel incredibly safe. When I have met other patients at the hospital over the years this is a word commonly used to describe their experience.
We want this Centre to take cancer research and care to the next frontier. It will house researchers and clinicians working side by side to find the answers for each patient. I personally know how important it is to have access to the latest research and new treatments, so knowing there is a multidisciplinary team of experts providing advice and support along the way is tremendously reassuring to say the least. It is an honour for me to give back to the campus that helped me and that has the potential to deliver so much more for so many other people.