We had the pleasure of meeting CBCF’s Head of Engagement Barrie Littlefield. Barrie had heard on the grapevine about my Channel swim and had also met Brad and Jess at a CBCF seminar at UQ last year.
He was really excited and very encouraging about my challenge and as a Brit, was well aware of the chilly water temperature I’ll be encountering.
Barrie shared with us his personal history with Brain Cancer as he lost his gorgeous daughter Eloise at the age of 10 to the disease. He has courageously make it his mission to help in the fight to cure brain cancer. You can find out about Barrie’s story by clicking the following link https://youtu.be/1vi1dDCYTfM
Barrie updated the group on recent advancements within the Foundation and it’s collaboration with research partners around the world, which has seen the exciting development of GBM Agile. GBM Agile is a way to get new treatments to patients quicker, as tragically time is not on their side.
It is an exciting time to be involved with this Foundation, particularly as they are on the verge of some long-awaited, much needed breakthroughs.
The Foundation is dedicated to accelerating the development of new treatments to increase five-year survival from the current 20% to 50% by 2023. Treatments and survival rates for Brain cancer have not changed for 30 YEARS!!
I find this absolutely astounding and CBCF are committed to making a change.
This can only be done through the support of the public (YOU!) Brain Cancer research receives very little funding compared to other cancers and receives less than 5% of federal government cancer research funding. So I feel there is a sense of urgency to raise funds for research as these life saving advancements cannot be made if the donations are not there.
Thank you so much to all those that have already donated and we look forward to our tally continuing to rise.