May 26, 2017

Grandmother Kerrie Jarvis knows only too well the importance of Royal North Shore Hospital – tragic and challenging health issues have seen her enter its doors many times.

The former St Leonards resident – who spent much of her working life rubbing shoulders with the likes of Shirley MacLaine and Frank Sinatra as a tour manager – is the face of this year's RNSH Tax Appeal.

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Timed to co-incide with the end of the financial year – and representing a last chance to make a tax- deductible donation before June 30 – this year's appeal aims to raise $225,000 to buy new equipment for the radiation oncology department, and fund cancer research.

Mrs Jarvis's late husband Wane was a patient of the hospital's cardiac specialists and, more recently, genetic counselling provided at the hospital has enabled her daughter and her husband to beat the odds to have their own healthy family.

"We are incredibly lucky to have this amazing facility right on our doorstep and I owe a great deal of gratitude to the doctors and nurses whose compassion and skill gave me eight more years with my wonderful husband Wane after his two urgent heart surgeries," Mrs Jarvis said.

After she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007, Mrs Jarvis participated in a clinical trial, and underwent surgery, radiation and hormone treatment. Ten years later, she is cancer-free and about to welcome another grandchild into the world.

"I had no hesitation agreeing to tell my story to help this fundraising appeal, which will help buy new equipment to treat cancer patients at Royal North Shore," Mrs Jarvis said.

"Most of us don't know how much it costs to equip our hospital or run clinical research trials.

"The blunt reality is that our local hospital needs our help. If it is to continue to provide the excellent level of care we expect, we need to support it in return.

"As a person who is alive today because of science and technology, I hope everyone on the North Shore will dig deep before the end of the financial year to help Royal North Shore Hospital.

"After all, if you haven't needed the hospital's services so far, the chances are you or someone you love will need our hospital in the future."

Donations can be made at www.kolling.com.au or by phoning 9436 0610. Donations of $2 and over are tax deductible.