Ash and Lucy are going the extra mile against brain cancer

By SVPHF staff

Ash and Lucy (Pictured) are a part of the Neuro team at our Fitzroy Site. At the start of September, they pledged to put their running shoes on almost every day and run 100km each for Connor's Run, Australia’s largest event for paediatric brain cancer.

For those unfamiliar with Connor's Run, it is in support of the Robert Connor Dawes Foundation which was created in June 2013 in memory of Robert 'Connor' Dawes.

For 16 months, Connor battled Ependymoma, a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the brain and spinal cord. On April 20, 2013, Connor's own battle ended, but the fight to end paediatric brain cancer continues. Ash and Lucy are a part of a passionate group of individuals motivated to raise the funds that will support the research to improve early detection, diagnosis and treatment options, including funding the AIM BRAIN Project and immunotherapy research.

Lucy, who also nursed Connor, often sees firsthand the impact this disease has.

”I am extremely passionate about Connors Run because it is heartbreaking every single time a patient receives a diagnosis of a brain tumour, especially if it’s a glioblastoma or life-threatening. On the 5th floor, we look after so many patients who have had brain surgery, and as nurses, we are passionate in our care for them. I hope with further research that we get closer to a cure or prevention of this insidious disease.”

We love seeing our team getting behind causes that are so close to their heart. If you would like to read more about the Robert Connor Dawes Foundation, you can visit their website.

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