Founder of the non-profit, Restore More is trialling a new breast cancer treatment in the Wide Bay region and turning to digital currency, instead of cash, to reach more women in need.
Dr Emilia Dauway who was the first to bring the life-saving technology, developed by Endomagnetics in the United Kingdom, into Australia says digital currency Qoin is a better option for non-profits during COVID-19.
“Qoin is great for non-profits, especially during this time when the economy of the world is uncertain. People can keep their cash and give to charities in other ways.”
Originally from the United States and now Clinical Director of Surgery at Hervey Bay Hospital, Dr Dauway founded non-profit Restore More to improve the standard of care for women with breast cancer in regional areas and educate them on current treatment options.
“Only one in 10 women who get a mastectomy will get a reconstruction and Queensland has the lowest reconstruction rate in the country. I was inspired to start Restore More to raise awareness around breast reconstruction and increase access for this service in regional areas.”
However, the cost of reconstruction doesn’t come cheap. Typically, breast reconstruction can cost upwards of $20,000 per patient and occasionally requires multiple operations.
“We can exhaust all of our money very quickly, so I became interested in Qoin.
“I saw it as an opportunity for our non-profit to gain donations through Qoin, then use those donations to use other businesses and services, without reducing our capital in our non-profit. Instead, our capital can be used for helping women.
“There has been a lot of interest in our non-profit since joining. We have had other businesses that have contributed Qoin to Restore More. The companies and entrepreneurs who have joined Qoin, have donated digital currency, not cash.
“We have found a lot of businesses want to engage in a giving way and Qoin allows them to do so without having to compromise their bottom line.”
The innovative cancer treatment that was initially performed in Gladstone, is being rolled out to the Wide Bay regional hospitals in Hervey Bay and Maryborough next week and will replace outdated cancer treatments which have been relied on since the 1970’s.
Having patented her own procedure 20 years ago, which uses radioactive seeds, Dr Dauway recognised the potential of Endomagnetics Magseed.
Before now, cancer cells detected by mammogram require a hook-wire to be placed in the breast tissue, which must be removed on the same day. For women in regional areas, it may require extensive travel in a short period to receive treatment.
Dr Dauway says, “I’ve had patients travel up to five hours to come into hospital.”
Qoin is great for non-profits, especially during this time when the economy of the world is uncertain. People can keep their cash and give to charities in other ways
In contrast, the non-radioactive Magseed is the size of a grain of rice and can be placed 30 days in advance of surgery.
“It uncouples the scheduling of radiology and surgery. During surgery, the probe makes a beeping noise when it gets near the seed, allowing for a more targeted approach and helping to facilitate breast preservation.
“My aspiration through Restore More is to increase the breast preservation rate throughout Australia and globally. By empowering women with information, we’re trying to help them make informed decisions, instead of fear-based decisions.
“The survival rate is the same for lump removal followed by radiation as breast removal. If we reduce the number of mastectomies, we reduce the number of reconstructions.”
Awarded ‘Inspirational Woman of the Year’ in 2019 by the Regional Queensland Women’s Association for holistic approach to surgery and the work she’s doing with regional women though Restore More, Dr Dauway will also be offering yoga workshops through Qoin.
“Our yoga and meditation workshops, which we run 2-3 times per year, raise $1,000 per session. Using yoga and meditation, we’re helping people reduce fear and empowering them to make decisions, then letting go and living the best life they can.”
Over the space of six months more than 7,000 small business merchants, including many in Central Queensland, are now accepting Qoin, the newest digital currency built on blockchain that offers cashless transactions.
And now Central Queensland is being specifically approached following research undertaken by Qoin that shows Central Queensland businesses and merchants are keen to get involved in digital currencies.
Qoin Australia Chief Marketing Officer Andrew Barker says, “We have done our homework in Central Queensland and we have a dedicated sales team of independent agents that are in contact with Central Queensland businesses.”