Recently, Dr Phuong Tran, a Radiation Oncologist, with Adelaide Radiotherapy Centre, was awarded the 2016 Camp Quality Volunteer of the Year Award in SA. Camp Quality is a charity that supports young children living with cancer and their families. Members from Camp Quality, ARC Radiation Oncologists and members of the Executive Team, were on hand to see Dr Tran receive her well-deserved award, from General Manager of Camp Quality SA/NT, Heather Keele.
Dr Tran has been a Medical Volunteer with Camp Quality for 10 years and has attended over 20 camps and fun days over this time. In addition to caring for the children while on camps, she has educated volunteers about keeping the children safe and healthy during Volunteer Training Days, and provides medical advice to the organisation as required.
For many of the children in Camp Quality, doctors and nurses can seem scary, so Dr Tran and other Medical Volunteers aim to show the kids that they are there to keep them safe but they can have fun and lots of laughs too! Dr Tran, along with her signature smile, lightens the hearts of many by embracing theme dress up days; making lots of the costumes herself. Some of her craziest dress ups have included Slinky Dog from Toy Story (that was a long stretch) Lego Man, and dozens of Minion’s hats for the children.
On one occasion Camp Quality had a group of fund raising volunteers riding postie bikes from Perth to Sydney, dressed as super heroes. Dr Tran organised a fun activity at Camp, where the children got to design their own superheroes capes and badges. As the riders crossed the finish line at the Sydney Opera House, the riders wore capes with all of the kids’ super hero badges, so that the children could be part of the adventure too!
Dr Tran, when accepting her award, stated that “she gets so much back from her involvement with Camp Quality and it rejuvenates her”. She believes that that the inspiration and optimism that is the ethos of Camp Quality helps her provide better care and understanding for her own patients.
Dr Phuong Tran embodies everything that Camp Quality and indeed Genesis Cancer Care stands for and she is a much loved member of both teams!
We are very proud and privileged at ARC to work with such a wonderful Doctor and person.
Congratulations from Team ARC!