EVERY year more than 2500 people within the Sunshine Hospital and Health Service are diagnosed with an invasive cancer. By 2021, that number is expected to rise by 32%.
But improvements in early detection and advances in treatments through centres such as Bloomhill Cancer Care have given rise to the number of people living with cancer and beyond.
It's no wonder the centre took a hat-trick at this year's Sunshine Coast Business Awards.
CEO Mervat Quirke believes it's just the beginning of not-for-profit Bloomhill Cancer Care's successes if current trends are any indication.
Ms Quirke said the reputation of the specialist centre, which provided support in psychosocial wellbeing as well as physical aspects of treatment, was growing nationally.
More than two weeks after the announcement that Bloomhill had been awarded the Sunshine Coast Business Award for Social Enterprise, also taking home accolades for customer service and engagement and excellence in leadership, the news has started to sink in among staff and volunteers.
"Receiving these awards has been extremely rewarding and to have everyone's hard work acknowledged through this prestigious awards has been very humbling for everyone involved,” Ms Quirke said.
"For our clients, it's an acknowledgement of their stories and their journey.”
The mood at the Buderim care centre was "very celebratory”, she said.
"We've had some great feedback from our volunteer community and business sponsors all contacting us with congratulations.”
Ms Quirke said the organisation's unique self-sustaining business model, which relied on sponsorship and fundraising, not ongoing government funding, was important to Bloomhill continuing to improve on its successes and would be a focus into the future.
"This level of recognition will allow us to continue to advocate for our clients and provide much-needed services in our community,” she said.
"To receive such great accolades provides the Sunshine Coast community a greater understanding and trust of our services so that we continue to develop and provide leading integrated cancer-care services.
"Our services continue to be recognised nationally and we are very proud of this. We continue to collaborate with our local university and we have formed partnerships with similar centres in other states.”
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