WALKING with their heads held high in spite of the incredible devastation of cancer touching all of them, 13 people from Echuca joined Leanne Hanson in the Walk4BrainCancer.
Last month Bruce’s Brain Brigade — a team of 17 — took to Albert Park with 3000 others for the annual fundraising event run by Cure Brain Cancer.
With around 1700 people diagnosed with brain cancer in Australia annually — and approximately 1200 dying from the disease every year — it is vital to raise funds and awareness.
Brain cancer kills more children in Australia than any other disease and more people under 40 than any other cancer and the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation is dedicated to accelerating the development of new treatments to increase the five-year survival rate from the current 20 per cent to 50 per cent by 2023.
This year, Leanne and the Brigade walked in memory of her partner Bruce Rankin, who sadly died in January from Glioblastoma (GBM) after a 21-month fight.
GBMs are malignant grade four tumours where a large portion of tumour cells are reproducing and dividing at any given time.
This kind of brain cancer tends to be incredibly aggressive. With very little advancement in treatments over the past 30 years, many people continue to lose their lives from this dreadful disease.
‘‘This was my second year taking part in the fundraiser,’’ Leanne said.
‘‘It was Bruce’s wish. He never wanted anyone young to go through brain cancer.
‘‘This year we raised the most funds yet, up $4000 from last year. Through a movie night fundraiser, raffles and social media, we managed to raise that amount.
‘‘Also, a friend built a canoe and raffled it off, we had donations from a few people who have been touched by brain cancer in some way, Bean Roasted and Moama Charcoal Chicken had money tins for us and another friend made individual cakes, beautifully packaged them up and sold them at her work.
‘‘At the time of the event, life was hectic. But now, on reflection, I’m humbled, excited and grateful we could do our little bit for Cure Brain Cancer.’’
Bruce’s Brain Brigade raised more than $9000 which resulted in the team coming out as overall second in the fundraising for Cure Brain Cancer. Throughout the year, people donated their time, effort, raffle goods and money to make this incredible achievement possible.
If you’d like to be involved in any way next year please email [email protected]
You can still donate to Bruce’s Brain Brigade, who fund raise all year round via walk4braincancer.com.au/my-fundraising/9664/bruce-s-brain-brigade