The inspiration behind Lift

The story behind Lift is a personal one. Have a read of the article that appeared in the paper about why we are doing what we are doing...

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A DECADE-LONG friendship rocked by a shock diagnosis inspired Lauren Whiting to improve healthcare options for people with cancer.

Ms Whiting’s path to becoming an entrepreneur in health started when she won the Denis Harwood Scholarship to study a Masters of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Adelaide.

Today she is CEO of Lift Cancer Care, a new healthcare centre in Kurralta Park that delivers support services for cancer patients.

Lift Cancer Care founder and CEO Lauren Whiting with friend Rose Green, who was diagnosed with breast cancer 18 months. Picture: Tait Schmaal

Lift Cancer Care offers services including physiotherapy, psychology and a place to find support from a community of people on a similar path. It was conceived when Ms Whiting’s close friend, Rose Green, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016. “I watched her go through a series of specialist appointments, surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, but there was nowhere she could turn to for easy access to the other support services she needed,’’ Ms Whiting said.

“Lift Cancer Care Services is an innovative model of care which caters specifically for oncology patients in the areas of exercise medicine, speech pathology, dietetics, physiotherapy and psychology.

“These services are supported by oncology nurses and medical practitioners. We have brought together all of the allied health services these patients need access to and with the support of nursing and medical staff have created a place that can safely provide these services, all in the one location.

Ms Green, who met Ms Whiting when they were both studying physiotherapy, said her breast cancer diagnosis came out of the blue.

She had just completed a triathlon when she was diagnosed after finding a lump in her breast and credit her fitness with making her treatment — surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy — as easy to bear as possible.

Lauren Whiting