Love Your Sister co-founder and Gold Logie winning actor, Samuel Johnson OAM, has given an emotional speech to cancer patients, their carers and staff at Greenslopes Private Hospital – 10 years after the opening of the facility’s day oncology unit.
Mr Johnson delivered a keynote presentation about the work of Love Your Sister and his passion to improve treatment outcomes for cancer patients in Australia.
“I don’t want to agitate for change; I want to be part of the solution,” he told the audience of patients, carers, nurses and hospital staff members.
Mr Johnson is undertaking a national fundraising tour on behalf of the Love Your Sister charity, raising $10 million to fulfil a promise he made to his late sister Connie Johnson who lost her battle with breast cancer in 2017.
Greenslopes Private Hospital hosted a number of fundraising initiatives in the lead-up to the Love Your Sister event. Almost $4,000 was raised and presented to the Love Your Sister team.
As part of the visit, Mr Johnson toured the Cyril Gilbert Cancer Centre where he spoke at length with oncology patient John Peacock and his wife Lynette.
The actor told The South East Advertiser newspaper: “Greenslopes, no word of a lie I had one of the most significant days of my life out there. I’m still processing that.”
“The spirit of the staff and patients, the unity, the camaraderie ... just ultimately the togetherness of it all. It takes me to the coalface and reminds me why I do what I do. It hits home hard when you go and stare this problem in the face.”
Greenslopes Private Hospital offers holistic and personalised cancer care to patients – including diagnosis and imaging services, surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, research and wellness education classes.
Greenslopes Private Hospital CEO Chris Went said: “The availability of these treatments and services, and visits from people like Samuel Johnson, provide hope to our patients.”