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Cancer patients get free oncology massage thanks to Commonwealth Bank

5FS patient Marissa with oncology massage therapists Julie Murfet and Delphine de Jong. 

Frankston Mum Marissa Carvalho is one of many patients on the Oncology Ward at Frankston Hospital to benefit from access to specialist oncology massages while receiving treatment.

The Karingal Branch of the Commonwealth Bank donated $10,000 for the service on ward 5FS.

Marissa says the massages, which are performed by Julie Murfet and Delphine de Jong, who are trained Oncology Massage Therapists are lovely and make a big difference to cancer patients.

“In a ward like this it is quite therapeutic,” explains Marissa, who has leukaemia. 

“You’re under a lot of stress with treatments and your diagnosis. Even just the human touch with the oil, it helps you really relax and take your mind off everything. It’s like going on holiday!”

Julie Schornig and Tracey Bugeja from the Commonwealth Bank Karingal Branch picked Frankston Hospital as the recipient for a Commonwealth Foundation grant, as they wanted to give back to their community.

“The grant is part of our 100 year celebration of the Commonwealth Bank Foundation, our staff community fund, giving grants,” explains Julie.

“This is the ideal place to give the grant to because this hospital and all of the staff look after our community.”

“We live in this community and we work in this community so we wanted to make sure that it stays local with us and looks after everyone here.”

5FS Nurse Unit Manager Nesreen Mussa thanked the Commonwealth Bank for their support.

“Thanks to all the Karingal Commonwealth Bank staff we can continue to provide this fantastic service for our patients.” Nesreen said. 

5FS staff accepting the cheque from Tracey and Julie from the Commonwealth Bank. 

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