Thousands of people are joining the ranks of DreamLab app users, taking up the nightshift as ‘Cancer Researchers’ to help crunch cancer problems with their smartphone while they sleep. With over 165,000 active users, DreamLab helps speed up cancer research – the more people use the app, the faster the Garvan Institute of Medical Research can find better treatments for cancer.

Now a high-profile group of Australian celebrities, bloggers and influencers have joined the conversation, sharing personal stories of what the cause means to them, and encouraging more people to get involved.

Emily Tomini (AKA mummy blogger Loved By Emily) lost her best friend of 14 years to cancer, just before she found out that she was pregnant with her daughter, Alina. This put life into perspective for her. She realised how precious good health is, and thought about what she could do to help others who have been affected by the disease.

“Cancer is a reality for so many individuals and their families, and finding answers through medical research is incredibly important,” she writes. “That is why I am sharing the DreamLab app with you.”

Health. Health is everything. Life is so precious and if it’s taught me one thing, it’s that no moment or day is promised to us. I’ve touched on this before and I am doing so again because supporting cancer research is extremely meaningful to me. Many of you would know that I lost my best friend of 14 years to cancer just before I found out I was pregnant with Alina. It’s gut wrenching to watch someone you love, suffer, and after it all, to lose them. Cancer is a reality for so many individuals and their families and finding answers through medical research is incredibly important. That is why I am sharing the DreamLab app with you. Created by the @vodafoneau Foundation in partnership with The Garvan Institute, it uses the processing power of your idle phone to help solve cancer puzzles while you sleep! Hence the name – DreamLab. DreamLab is already working to crunch data in half the time as the Garvan Institute of Medical Research’s supercomputer! Forging a path towards personalised treatments for cancer. The mobile data needed to use DreamLab is free if you’re a @vodafoneau customer. If you’re not with @vodafoneau like me, you’ll use data from your mobile or Wi-fi plan. Don’t let that stop you though. DreamLab only uses small amounts of data and you can set a monthly limit! You can download the app from from Google Play or the App Store! Charge your phone while you get some shut eye knowing that you’re assisting in helping to find new ways to treat cancer! For more information please head over to Love Em x #OurDreamJob #GarvanInstitute #VodafoneFoundation #ad

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Liz Hemmings, mother of Luke Hemmings (lead singer of Australian band 5SOS), shared the app’s personal meaning to her by sharing a photo of her dad.

“This is Dad’s first selfie and the last photo of him that I have,” she wrote. “We took it about two months before he got sick last year. Unfortunately, we lost him in June this year to an aggressive tumour.”

Liz explained that others could help scientists find a cure by downloading and using the DreamLab app.

Lifestyle blogger Nin Roberts (@ninstrebor) also shared the story of her dad, who was diagnosed with throat cancer last Christmas eve, which was a huge shock to her family.

“I am so grateful he is in remission now, which is why I am such a big supporter of the DreamLab app developed by the Vodafone Foundation in partnership with The Garvan Institute,” she wrote.

“Please remember cancer isn’t something that simply goes away – it leaves a mark on all our loved ones so every contribution helps.”

Meanwhile, dietitian Rebecca Gawthorne shared the profound impact that her grandad had on her life. She explained that she chose to study cancer research at university because she was inspired by her grandad, who sadly passed away from cancer.

“I love continuing to support cancer research so hopefully one day we can find a cure,” she wrote. “While healthy eating & living can reduce your risk of cancer, we still don’t have a cure. That’s why I’m encouraging you to download the DreamLab app, developed by the Vodafone Foundation in partnership with The Garvan Institute!”

Blogger Leila Stead opened up about the impact her grandma had on her. She passed away in 1995 from lung cancer which eventually spread to her liver.

“Her passing left a huge hole in her family and a piece of my heart has forever been missing since that day,” she wrote. “I recently learned about DreamLab which is an amazing app developed by the Vodafone Foundation in partnership with the Garvan Institute. With a simple download of the free app you can lend your phone to the good of research while you sleep.”

Luckily, all of us can do something to help cancer researchers find a cure. Download DreamLab on iOS from the App Store or on Android from Google Play, and start fighting cancer tonight.

You can share your story too – join the conversation and post about what fighting cancer means to you on social media with the hashtag #ourdreamjob.

Terms and conditions

A compatible handset is required. Downloading DreamLab will consume data. Once downloaded, DreamLab can be used when your device (i) is connected to a charging source and (ii) has mobile network or WiFi connectivity. Mobile data to use DreamLab is free for Vodafone Australia customers on the Vodafone Australia network. Roaming incurs international rates.  More Terms and Conditions, here.

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Tanya Phull

Head of Social Media

Tanya Phull,
Head of Social Media

As head of social media at Vodafone, Tanya is an expert in customer engagement and emerging platforms. As an American-born expat and wanderluster, Tanya is always equipped with the best tech tips for travellers.