SAS supports Childrens Cancer Institute.
On Tuesday 30th May 2017, SAS (BADger) attended a Lab Tour of the Children's Cancer Institute at UNSW in Kensington and met an amazing bunch of humans working everyday to save Children's lives.
Laura Franshaw one of the researchers (pictured with me below) works specifically on DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Gliomas). DIPG are a highly malignant glioma that arise in early childhood in the brainstem, the most critical part of the brain.
They are not amenable to surgery, or even biopsy. Patients don't respond to chemotherapy and radiation therapy only results in a short delay in tumour progression. Two hundred and fifty clinical trials have been conducted for DIPG and no successful treatments have been identified. Almost all children die of the disease within 12-24 months.
Being amongst such brilliant people for a few hours at the Institute gave me the drive to help them acheive their goal. "Children’s Cancer Institute exists solely to put an end to childhood cancer. We don't just hope to do it. We will do it".
Each year the Childrens Cancer Institute host a 12hr Bicycle ride at Sydney's Eastern Creek Raceway that involves teams competing to do the most laps of the 4km circuit whilst raising vital funds for Kids Cancer Research.
HUGE Thank you to those that have donated over the years!