It’s hoped that one day Cancer will be just a star sign, but in Australia Cancer is a leading cause of death.
This is why Migration Solutions is proud to participate in a pro-bono program with the Cancer Council Australia.
Since early 2011, Migration Solutions has provided immigration services to clients affected by cancer, assisting around 35 clients across Australia with complex migration issues, enabling cancer patients to gain access to cancer treatment and ensuring their family members may remain in Australia to care for them whilst receiving treatment.
In these cases Migration Solutions is proud to offer free immigration advice and support to those in need, including preparing and lodging applications free of charge, or at a subsidised rate.
Migration Solutions Managing Director Mark Glazbrook, NSW/ACT Cancer Council Case Manager Emma Ryan, National Pro Bono Manager at Cancer Council NSW Sarah Penman and Migration Solutions migration agent Vanessa De Pretis.
The Mutunog family are one success story to come out of this pro-bono program.
The new Australian citizens came very close to losing their eldest son Jan Mikael in 2011.
Originally from the Philippines, the Mutunog household was changed forever when Jan Mikael was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia, a rare form of blood cancer, mainly found in children.
Jan Mikael needed a bone marrow transplant to be performed at a Canberra hospital.
The cost of the life-saving operation was $100,000, well over the family’s private health insurance cap of $30,000 per year.
Migration Solutions took on the case on a pro bono basis, providing our services free of charge for the family.
Our migration agents identified that by lodging a permanent employer sponsored application; we managed to not only assist a business in fulfilling a vacant position, but could also assist Jan Mikael to attain access to Medicare to permit the life-saving treatment.