The Wesley Hospital Choices Cancer Support Centre Celebrates 25 Years of Unwavering Dedication

02 January 2024
The Wesley Hospital staff member assisting older lady walking on crutches.

The Wesley Hospital Choices Cancer Support Centre is proud to announce its 25th anniversary of providing unwavering support to cancer patients in the Brisbane community.

Originally known as the Kim Walters Choices Program, this milestone celebrates a quarter-century of compassionate care and commitment to cancer patients and their families.

Established in 1998 by Brisbane Broncos coach, Kevin Walters, the Kim Walters Choices Program was created in tribute to Kevin's late wife, Kim Walters.

Kim's vision was to offer essential support services for women facing breast cancer, and this initiative has grown into a beacon of hope for countless individuals impacted by all types of cancer.

Over the years, the program expanded its services to encompass both men and women facing various forms of cancer and was renamed Choices Cancer Support Centre.

Despite this evolution, the program's core philosophy remains rooted in Kim Walters' vision of combining professional support with peer support to create a holistic, safe, and supportive environment for cancer patients.

Today, Choices Cancer Support Centre, continues to provide solace and care to over 5000 cancer patients annually.

Choices is managed by Dr Janine Porter-Steele a Specialist Nurse and Research Fellow at the University of Queensland who for the past 25 years has been instrumental in nurturing and overseeing the program's growth.

Under her guidance, Choices has evolved from a modest two-hour drop-in clinic in 1998 into a bustling support hub open five days a week.

"It's imperative to recognise that the support we provide at Choices is firmly grounded in evidence-based practices, incorporating the most up-to-date research to guide our approach," she said.

“We make a tangible difference in the lives of our patients and their loved ones throughout their cancer journey and beyond.”

Throughout its 25-year journey, Choices Cancer Support Centre has maintained its unwavering commitment to providing the best care for cancer patients and their families, ensuring they receive the support they need during their unique cancer journeys.

The continued patronage of Kevin Walters is a testament to the enduring spirit of this program.

With a quarter-century of compassionate service, Choices Cancer Support Centre remains a vital source of hope and support for the Brisbane cancer community.

Its dedicated leadership and commitment ensure that the legacy of Kim Walters lives on, and that cancer patients continue to find the care and support they need during challenging times.

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