In 2016, Sony Foundation opened the Melbourne You Can Centre in the world-class Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre in Melbourne. This was Australia’s second You Can Centre. You Can Champ, Jess Van Zeil was one of the first patients to experience age-appropriate care and services from the Melbourne You Can Centre.
Sony Foundation’s first You Can Centre was opened in 2013 at the Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Perth. You Can Champ Jimmy Marquet, who endured and overcame leukaemia at age 5 was one of the first patients to make use of the Perth You Can Centre following his relapse at age 23. Of having the You Can Centre there throughout his treatment, Jimmy says; “Everyone can have a joke and no one looks at you differently. You might have half your hair, half of it is falling out and no one bats an eyelid. It’s not a dreary death sentence or some sort of ward that is dimly lit and miserable.”
To learn more about these inspirational You Can Champs and the impact You Can has on Australia’s young patients, watch their story below:
“Dear cancer, you may have made me fight for my life but you certainly haven’t stopped me living!” Jess Van Zeil, You Can Champ
Thanks to the team at 60 Minutes and Sony Foundation ambassador Peter Overton for covering the progress of our mission to ensure no young person faces their cancer journey alone.
If you’re eager to learn more about Jess’ story, check out her profile on virtual You Can Centre, You Can Connect.