In 2004, 14-year-old Chloe Bassett was diagnosed with osteogenic sarcoma, a bone cancer. She had surgery and chemotherapy, is now in remission and doing well back in school. Chloe joined CanTeen in October 2004.
CanTeen is the national support organisation for young people living with cancer aged 12 to 24. It helps patients, brothers and sisters, parents or primary carers and was created by young people living with cancer themselves.
They believe that young people, meeting and talking with one another, are better able to cope with the uncertainties of a cancer diagnosis. Even healthy young people have a lot to cope with issues of identity, independence, relationships and career. A diagnosis of cancer at any time is, of course, traumatic, but even more so for a young person dealing with those other issues. While not necessarily a death sentence, cancer can mean the start of a long process of painful treatment and years of uncertainty.
Since its inception, CanTeen has had a clear focus and has demonstrated commitment to the principle of member participation in management. The commitment ensures that CanTeen remains true to its mission and continually assesses the needs of members.
It provides a peer-support model where young people who have had the experience can share their journey with others in similar situations.
Members are able to participate in camps, recreation days, seminars and workshops, sharing their hopes and fears, taking part in decision making, meeting new friends and having fun.
One of Chloe's dreams was to see snow so, along with her mother Tania and nine-year-old sister Renae, Getaway took her to Thredbo. (Another of Chloe's dreams is to become an actress. She plans to go to NIDA and has already done some modelling.)
Everyone enjoyed the warm hospitality at The Denman in the heart of Thredbo Village. Just three minutes to the lifts, it has 36 rooms, the Terrace Restaurant and the Après Bar, which has the only open log fire in Thredbo.
Terrace Restaurant is world class. On request the chef will put on a seven-course degustation with wines to match each course. Après Bar offers casual dining in a cosy atmosphere. There is live entertainment every night. Gallery Lounge and Library are pleasant places to retreat to with a hot drink or glass of wine. Wherever you are at The Denman, you are treated to magnificent scenery in all directions.
The property was purchased in 2003 by the Denny and Orsman families. They kept the original structure of the lodge and fitted it out with everything necessary to create a luxury boutique hotel perfect for both skiers in winter and holidaymakers in summer.