Delta was appointed Patron of The Kinghorn Cancer Centre (a joint facility of St Vincent’s Hospital and the Garvan Institute) in 2009. Delta was successfully treated for Hodgkin’s lymphoma on the St Vincent’s campus when she was just 18 and has remained a deeply connected supporter of the St Vincent campus.
Delta was honoured to accept the role of Patron of The Kinghorn Cancer Centre and has played a pivotal role in the $25 million fundraising campaign to build the new facility by performing at the public launch of the fundraising campaign and at numerous private events. Delta also participated in the Nuns Run a major fundraising walk from Dubbo to Darlinghurst led by two Sisters of Charity in a show of her commitment of providing world-class cancer services to rural and regional Australia. She was part of the ‘topping out’ ceremony for the building and performed at the opening in 2010 with then Prime Minister, the Hon Julia Gillard MP. Delta has been committed to playing a meaningful and integral role in securing a brighter future for people with cancer by bringing awareness and donations to the state-of-the-art facility that helps so many Australians who are diagnosed and affected with cancer.
“We want this Centre to take cancer research and care to the next frontier. It houses 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,” Delta said.
The vision of The Kinghorn Cancer Centre is to realise the promise of innovative personalised medicine for people affected by cancer. As a Centre focusing on translational research and personalised cancer care, their mission is to align world-class cancer research with rapid translation to the clinic to improve outcomes for cancer patients by:
- Building world-class facilities and strategic collaborations to enhance advances in science that translate into improved cancer diagnosis, treatment and prevention.
- Developing integrated, multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional approaches to cancer research and patient care to reduce the impact of cancer in the community.
- Providing a holistic, compassionate approach to cancer care throughout the entire cancer journey, from diagnosis to full recovery where cure is possible, and supportive care and information to all, with preservation of patient dignity.
- Establishing world-class educational and training programs to develop high quality researchers and clinicians to optimise translational outcomes.
Bringing together researchers and clinicians onto a single site, The Kinghorn Cancer Centre is a joint facility with the Garvan Institute of Medical Research that fosters laboratory research directly driven by clinical challenges and enables research findings to be rapidly translated into clinical application for the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cancer, with the prospect of improving cancer outcomes for all Australians.
For more information, please visit http://tkcc.org.au/