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Climb for a Cure

By Elizabeth Bland

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The start

Dedicated Kids Cancer Centre Nurse Elizabeth has taken on the epic challenge of climbing Africa's highest mountain, mount Kilimanjaro, in an effort to raise critical funds for brain cancer research.

The brain tumour research program at the Kids Cancer Centre, Sydney Children's Hospital is devoted to improving the outcomes for all children with brain tumours. We have a comprehensive research program that stretches from investigating the basic biology and genetics of childhood brain tumours in the laboratory, to the implementation of novel treatment strategies in state-of-the-art clinical trials. Our laboratory research program is one of the largest in Australia devoted to the investigation of childhood brain cancer.

"Funding for all of our research projects and programs depends on vital community support to ensure our patients receive the best chance of cure with minimal treatment side effects, and to allow us to offer new hope for future generations of Australian children and their families" - said Dr David Ziegler

" Climbing 5885m to the sumit of Mt. Kilimajaro is not quite a walk in the park... but it's got a few similar side effects to those that our the children experience when they have a brain tumour or have because of the treatments chemotherapy and radiation. You can experience bad headaches, nausea, loss of appetite, feel dizzy and get short of breath, and be extremely tired that putting one foot in front of another is quite an effort. If i can put myself in their boots (LOL) then i'm sure i'll come back with even more respect and empathy for what they go through when I tell them what their treatment will look like" said Liz Bland Neuro-Oncology Nurse Consultant.

Please help Elizabeth to achieve her goal but donating much needed funds to her Kilimanjaro climb.

Thank you for your support!