Helping with cancer treatment

By Tara Whitsed

After more than 30 years of supporting Goulburn Valley Health, Peter Copulos said the health service was crying out for radiology facilities.

Ploughing another huge donation into the Peter Copulos Cancer and Wellness Centre this week, Mr Copulos said he was passionate about cancer at the announcement of the $100 000 donation made by him and wife Maria Copulos.

‘‘I lost both my parents to cancer and decided I wanted to help out as much as I can,’’ he said.

Also having his own cancer journey after being diagnosed with colon cancer at age 36, Mr Copulos said it gave him ‘‘great pleasure’’ to give back.

‘‘When I had colon cancer 43 years ago I was building my business and was not in a position to help others,’’ he said.

‘‘Today with the help of my family we have built a large business and I am allocating funds each year to help others.’’

While the donation will go a long way towards improving cancer care at GV Health, Mr Copulos said there was more services needed at the facility so local patients did not have to travel long distances to access treatment.

‘‘It’s a shame we don’t have radiology and the whole community should get behind this cause,’’ he said.

‘‘We need to see it here as soon we can.’’

This was reiterated by GV Health interim chief executive Matt Sharp who said the significant donation would be split between two projects.

‘‘A large portion of the funds will go towards establishing a comprehensive cancer centre,’’ Mr Sharp said.

‘‘With a comprehensive cancer centre, a big component will be having radiology services.’’

Other work would involve expanding a number of already existing services as well as completing work with clinicians behind the scenes.

Mr Sharp said a portion of the donation would also go towards supporting patients who are facing financial hardship with out-of-pocket costs associated with their overall treatment.

He thanked Mr Copulos on behalf of the board, GV Health Foundation trustees, staff and patients for the generous donation.
Mr Copulos encouraged the local community to use their sway in the lead up to the State elections in November to pressure local candidates regarding a commitment to providing radiology services.
‘‘We need to talk to our politicians so we can get support,’’ he said.