This year I’m running the Blackmore’s Half Marathon to raise money for the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation, and also in memory of Alex who sadly passed away in February this year at the age of 52.
Alex battled Glioblastoma courageously for over 4 years, always maintaining his cheeky sense of humour, amazing strength and compassion for others.
Brain Cancer kills more children in Australia than any other disease, and more people under 40 than any other cancer. However, survival rates for people with Brain Cancer have not improved in 30 years. The survival rate for Glioblastoma is under 10% at 5 years.
However there is cause for optimism with significant advances in research in the last few years. Some of the major promising initiatives are:
-Greater international collaboration to achieve statistically significant research findings faster
-Bringing quality clinical trials to Australia
-Increased access to certain tumour types through improved surgical techniques and post-mortem access to tissue will provide greatly improved research capability
-Adaptive clinical trials
-Immunotherapy which has shown promise in other types of cancers
-Biomarker profiling research with UNSW, personalised treatment
-Collaborative support to build network of Brain Researchers
-Studying genomic and protein markers across different types of cancers
I hope you are able to contribute a little to support Cure Brain Cancer, the Australian organisation dedicated to Brain Cancer Research.
Thank you so much