Sydney ad executive Rachael Lonergan launches 'CanDo' app to help people undergoing treatment

Rachael Lonergan - CanDo - 2 (1).jpgCanDo, is a new mobile app developed by Sydney advertising executive Rachael Lonergan in collaboration with the Garvan Research Foundation, developed by Resolution. It is designed to make it easier to ask for, accept and manage help easier when living with a serious illness.

Often people with illnesses put on a brave face about needing assistance, or their support network gets paralysed from fear of saying or doing the wrong thing. The CanDo app is the tangible tool to help people with an illness, but on their terms. They can articulate what they do and don't need and their network can see what's needed and turn their desire to help into real actions.

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Can Do Logo.jpgWhether you're dealing with an illness yourself or know someone who is, CanDo can help share the load of completing everyday tasks. Even when treatment is over, life doesn't instantly return to normal, whether it's going back to work or having the strength to tackle chores again. CanDo can help during the readjustment period.

Says Rachael Lonergan, founder of CanDo: "I've seen first-hand how cancer is life-changing, and how hard it can be to ask for help. CanDo is the app I wish I had when going through treatment and well after. During an overwhelming time, CanDo lets you say yes to help, but articulate what you need. It also gives people who want to help, a platform to offer it without feeling embarrassed. It can be used for everything from personal tasks like changing bedsheets to helping with finances - there's something everyone can do."

Says Andrew Giles, CEO of the Garvan Research Foundation: "Garvan is proud to be involved with CanDo. People with disease or undergoing treatment need support and assistance and this is a great initiative to help ease some of the burden.

"Garvan researchers are dedicated to improving human health and the impact of disease. For those with disease, and their families, CanDo is a really helpful support tool."

The CanDo app is free to download and use from the Apple App Store and Google Play.

7 Comments

LM said:

Well done - this is a fabulous achievement and great cause.

Matt Holmes said:

Great to see it live Rachel. Congratulations.

Robyn Jones said:

A brilliant app and a wonderful achievement in launching it - congratulations Rachael!

Selina said:

What a fantastic app. Well done to all involved. xx

Robyn Jones said:

A brilliant app and a wonderful achievement in launching it - congratulations Rachael!

Toni Cappiello said:

Rachael fantastic work great app. A wonderful achievement well done xxx

TLHC said:

Rachael, what a creative idea and brilliant app CanDo is. You’re a star ⭐️

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