A diagnosis of cancer marks the beginning of a journey full of emotional, psychological, physical and practical challenges. Challenges can relate to the shock of a cancer diagnosis and fears about the future. Or it can be related to the side effects of treatments or the financial or physical burden on individuals and their families.
Some people need to leave their families and jobs to travel for treatment and this aspect can also be challenging.
Living with cancer can present so many stressors which can in turn affect a person’s mental health which is vital in fighting cancer.
At Hope Horizons we want to help you manage those stressors by offering allied health professionals services and relaxation therapies.
Our Mission To enhance the quality of life for people of Toowoomba and the Darling Downs region throughout and after their cancer diagnosis.
Encouraging and empowering through education and awareness.
Supporting people with cancer and their families in the community in a holistic way.
Provide a welcoming, calming and relaxing environment where clients feel supported and safe.
Cr James O'Shea
Deputy Mayor Carol Taylor
Meet our Ambassadors
Our Ambassadors believe in the purpose of Hope Horizons and the need to support people from our region. They represent different stages of life and experiences and therefore can relate to different people at different stages of their lives. Our Ambassadors help to spread the word about us and attend functions when they can. We love them and appreciate everything they do to help us.
Rosie Rosie fell in love with Toowoomba 20 years ago when she left her family in Brisbane to study a Bachelor of Business at USQ, delighting in the opportunities to build a career in a regional centre, while enjoying the charming lifestyle unique to the Darling Downs. Strength in relationships with organisations such as Toowoomba’s Chamber of Commerce as a committee member (previously vice-chairperson) of the Chamber’s Future Leaders initiative is one of many facets driving Rosie’s passion for enriching the wider community. The dynamic and resourceful Recruitment Consultant from Classic Recruitment & Human Resources took a career break in 2015 to focus on intensive treatment and rebuilding her health after a shock relapse of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Undergoing intense chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant in Brisbane, followed by radiation therapy, took its toll on the 36 year old who now sees her cancer survivorship as a victory and wants to help others feel the same. “Recovery is not an easy road to navigate, as everyone thinks you can just switch back to your pre-cancer self after your remission diagnosis – even I did, unfortunately! I still have days when I feel that the intense and nauseating chemo was easier than my recovery, since all I had to do was turn up and the nursing team carries you through it! However there’s a lot more happening behind the scenes within a person going through cancer recovery, and that’s why it’s so important to have a facility like Hope Horizons, based in Toowoomba. Their focus is on the local people, for survivors as well as their families and carers, to support them after such a hard battle.” Rosie is pleased to be settled at home in Toowoomba again, celebrating almost three years in remission, and recently married her fiancé Owen.
Graham Graham Healy has been described as the “Voice of the Darling Downs” with a 30 year career in local radio broadcasting only interrupted by 9 years as a State Member of Parliament representing the seat of Toowoomba North. During his political career Graham was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Family Services and in opposition Shadow Minister for Tourism, Sport, and Racing & Small Business. Graham received the Royal Australian Centenary medal in 2000 for services to radio broadcasting and the Parliament of Queensland. He has been married to Vanessa for 35 years and their only daughter Jacqui and husband Craig have provided them both with 2 young grandsons. Graham is Secretary of the Toowoomba City Bowls Club and has been a committee member of the Toowoomba Turf Club since 2009.
James James O'Shea is born and bred in Toowoomba. His father Pat was also a born and bred local while his mother Cecile is from the Philippines and moved to the Garden City in 1981. James has two younger sisters Kate and Karen who both also live and work in Toowoomba. James is married to a Toowoomba girl Erin Kehoe-O'Shea. He spent 13 years work...ing at WIN Television Toowoomba, 5 of those as Chief of Staff. James also has a media background working on radio and in newspapers. He still presents a weekly radio program on community radio 102.7fm. James also owns and operates his own small business KOMM, which is a media and marketing consultancy company, in conjunction with his wife Erin. James is an executive board member of Sports Darling Downs and the Vice President of The Great White Campaign to bring a neurosurgeon to Toowoomba.
Carol Cr Carol Taylor was re-elected to Toowoomba Regional Council for her third term. Cr Carol Taylor has been named as Deputy Mayor and will return as chair of the Infrastructure Committee. Cr Taylor was the former Mayor of Cambooya Shire Council, having been a councillor since 2000. Her previous roles have included being vice-president of the Australian Local Government Women’s Association, Queensland branch. Cr Taylor and husband Roger have a daughter and son and three grandchildren.
Friends of Hope Horizons our fundraising auxiliary
If you would like to be part of Hope Horizons and are interested in joining an energetic group of people with an enthusiastic focus on fundraising, then the Friends of Hope Horizons are keen to meet you! Volunteers to assist in planning, promoting and running all events, large and small, are always welcome. Please contact Hope Horizons on 07 4636 6018 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
Here are a few of our Friends of Hope Horizons team, enjoying the Tastes of Thailand event at the GPO. Well done ladies - another fantastic fundraising effort!