High-tech cancer fight

Dane O’Connor with NSW Cancer Council’s Paul Hobson, oncology unit nurse Pam Pateman and New England Mutual IT systems manager Chad Morrison with the donated computer.Dane O’Connor with NSW Cancer Council’s Paul Hobson, oncology unit nurse Pam Pateman and New England Mutual IT systems manager Chad Morrison with the donated computer.

AFTER a bout of cancer two years ago, Dane O’Connor is more aware than most of the needs of cancer patients.
While Mr O’Connor was undergoing chemotherapy, he worked with the staff foundation to donate a television for the oncology unit at Armidale Hospital.
This television has now been transferred to the new oncology unit, along with a computer, which Mr O’Connor also arranged to help patients find out more about their disease, the help available to them and to connect via chatlines with others undergoing treatment.
New England Mutual partners Transaction Solutions and Adnet donated the computer and for local Cancer Council co-ordinator Paul Hobson, it filled an important gap.
“It means patients can go onto the internet and access websites to find out about services available to them and other relevant information,” he said.
“There are now a lot of resources available via the internet and it allows patients some degree of independence, with the help of staff if needed, to undertake independent research.
“We are so grateful to have this computer at the Armidale Oncology Unit.
“Dane has become a terrific supporter and New England Mutual has been very generous in making this computer available to us.”
For Mr O’Connor, who is back at work as a regional manager with New England Mutual, the help received from his workplace, fellow staff and the community through fund-raisers and support for him his family enabled his recovery.
“When you’ve been in that zone, you want to find out everything you can that will help you to beat the cancer,” he said.
“There was a computer in Tamworth but not in Armidale.
“It’s a really important resource for patients and we are all pleased to see it being put to immediate use.”

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