Gift of Friendship

  • 4. Episode 4 - We talk to Breast Cancer Survivors and Dr Rachel Dear answers their questions

    The focus of Episode 4 is on Breast Cancer. In this episode we share the story of 7 Breast Cancer survivors including one male survivor. In addition we talk to Rachel Dear, a leading Oncologist from St Vincent’s Hospital  and she answers the questions posed by our guest cancer survivors. 
  • 3. Episode 3 - Interviews with Petrea King and Dr Sam Milliken

    In Episode 3 of Gift of Friendship, Petrea King, founder and director of Quest for Life, talks to us about her journey with Acute Myeloid Leukemia and the profound impact it had on her life - from discovery to recovery. Dr Sam Milliken, Head of the Haematology Department of St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney, talks to us about blood diseases and the wonderful advancements they are making with alternative treatments.
  • 2. Episode 2 - Interviews with David Eisenbacher, Julie Soon, Neil Pennock and Amanda McLaughlin

    Episode 2 of Gift of Friendship is jam packed with content, We talk to David Eisenbacher, an American man who donated his stem cells to Colleena Presnell as part of the International Bone Marrow registry. We hear from Julie Soon, a lawyer, about her journey with AML. Neil Pennock, a Director of the Arrow Bone Marrow Transplant Foundation tells us about the Australian Bone Marrow Registry and the drive for more local donors. Amanda McLaughlin the apheresis clinician at St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney, explains how stem cells are extracted  from the donor.  And of course, we wrap up with some great reads and podcasts to listen to.
  • 1. Episode 1 - Interviews with Colleena Presnell, Kerry Moran and Sue Patchett

    In episode 1 of Gift of Friendship, we hear more about how Gift of Friendship started. We talk to Colleena Presnell and Sue Patchett about their journeys with Acute Myeloid Leukemia - from discovery to recovery. And we explore and recommend some good reads and other podcasts to listen to for distraction and relief during your own personal journey.Listen out for episode 2. We interview Julie Soon, a lawyer who's journey takes her through bone marrow transplant and went on to have twin boys. We also interview Neil Pennock and Leonie Wilcox from the Arrow Bone Marrow Transplant Foundation.
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    Gift of Friendship was started in 2007 by Colleena Presnell and Kerry Moran. With Gift of Friendship, we visit, talk and listen to patients about their diagnosis, bringing hope, comfort and confidence that with modern medicine their treatment and recovery is doable. This podcast aims to continue this service as, due to COVID19, face to face visits are no longer possible. Thank you for joining us on this Gift of Friendship journey. If you would like more information or to submit a query, please contact Colleena Presnell on: