The Ipswich Turf Club played host to the Newro Foundation Race Day on 11 August in a bid to raise much needed funds for the cause.
The fundraiser is being organised by Ripley resident Sarah Harling, and the inspiration behind it is Craig Hannam, a close family friend who is currently battling brain cancer. Thanks to over 50 people, the Foundation raised over $5,200 from the raceday.
“It was excellent to see so many people out supporting the Newro Foundation,” Sarah said.
“Awareness of brain cancer is increasing and it is fantastic to see the local community supporting this cause.”
Brain cancer is the leading cause of death for people under 40 and kills more children than any other cancer.
On May 28, 2012, Craig was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer – a grade 4 tumor known as GBM. The usual survival rate is 6-14 months but Craig has beaten the odds and has celebrated five years in May – a milestone only 5% of people diagnosed with GBM get to see.
Check out Craig’s facebook page at All in the Mind. My Journey.
Brain cancer is a cancer that has not really progressed with treatments in the last ten years. It is also the leading cause of death for people under 40 and kills more children than any other cancer. Things have to change and awareness is the key.
Craig has raised over $25,000 for the Newro Foundation in the past five years through various fundraising events and social gatherings.