“Running For Macca”
In April this year our incredible Dad had a seizure and was taken to Royal North Shore Hospital. After undergoing scans, the doctors told us that they had found a tumour on his brain. Dad underwent brain surgery that week to remove the tumour, however we were soon told that our fit, positive, and healthy father had a rare and incurable form of stage 4 brain cancer. Only two in ten people diagnosed with brain cancer survive more than five years.
The last text that Connor sent Dad before his seizure that morning was to ask him whether he would want to do the Blackmore's Sydney marathon with him. For those of you who know Dad, you would know that he would have done it with ease.
We (Lucy, Connor, Riley and Meghan) have decided to do the Blackmore's Sydney Marathon in September. We will definitely not be doing it with ease, and wish that we could be running it with Dad.
The main reason we are doing this is for Dad, however we also want to raise money for brain cancer research, as it desperately needs more awareness and more funding.
Brain cancer survival rates are low and have hardly changed in 30 years. It kills more people under 40 than any other cancer and it also kills more children in Australia than any other disease. Not only this, but brain cancer research receives very little funding compared to other cancers. It receives less than 5% of federal government cancer research funding and therefore it desperately needs funds raised through donations.
So for our amazing Dad, Macca, and for the people now and in the future who are diagnosed and have to fight the battle of brain cancer please donate.