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By Elizabeth Bland

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Inspired

I was saddened to read the Sunday Telegraph on Father's Day, noting that a classroom of children will die each year from this ghastly disease. However, it has  made me more inspired to raise even more funds (in and not only on this challenge) and a constant awareness so that future classrooms of children don't have to hear the dreadful news that the one of their loved friends has passed away.

I'm now hoping i can raise $11,770, that's $1 for each foot climbed up and down the mountain. 

Lzx

 

 

 

Thankful

Dear readers, supporters, friends, and family

I am so pleased to see how near to the monetary target I am. I assure you that these donations thus far are going to the most needed - to the children and their families who need a lifeline of hope.

Today marks the start of Childhood Cancer Awareness month. So i am very thankful that I am able to do this fundraising climb so that Childhood Brain Tumours begings to get the awareness and research it so desparately needs.

It's Father's day on Sunday and as I do another long walk to prepare for Kili, I will take many a moment to think of the many Fathers who I have met over the years and hope that we can all make a difference for the children.  

Lzx

 

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 and care.

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 on my walking boots and myself into their shoes for a week then i'll come back with even more respect for what these children go through for weeks to months" said Liz Bland, Neuro-Oncology Nurse Consultant.

 
Please help Liz to achieve her goal by donating much needed funds to her Kilimanjaro climb  "A Climb for a Cure" 
 
Thank you for your encouragement and all the support!

 

Thank you to my Supporters

$550

Richard Munro And Danielle Kean

Well done Liz, an inspiring effort for the children. Millar would be very proud of you and we have to beat this dreadful disease.

$500

The Herrick Family

Hi Elizabeth - wishing you all the best for your climb and sending our love in whatever way we can to Finley C and the children in your care

$500

The Macphillamy Family

Liz thankyou for all of the support. Improving the brain cancer survival rate in our children is important work and should be a national health priority.

$500

Family Wright Curnow

Congratulations Liz for reaching the Roof of Africa. And thank you for carrying Finley’s spirit with you all the way.

$500

Finley, Kate, Paul, Jacob, Liam Wright Curnow

Good luck Liz and thank you

$400

Angela Churie Kallhauge

Thank you

$250

Martijn Wilder

This is a fantastic effort for a very worthy cause.

$250

Robert, Megan, Tobey And Tilly

You are a shinning light

$250

Salmon Family

Thanks for all your great work. Best wishes on the climb

$250

Cian Atkinson

Thanks for everything you have done for us and continue to do.

$250

Anonymous

Thank you for supporting families in need. Especially Finn C.

$240

Heather Laing-peach

Good Luck Liz xx

$200

Kate Jefferson & Matthew O'donnell

Good luck with the climb! Our thoughts and prayers to Finley (and the Curnow Family).

$200

Dan And Zoe Hilson

What a fantastic project. On behalf of Finley and the Curnows, who have been greatly in our thoughts. Love Zoe & Dan Hilson

$200

Anonymous

$200

Elizabeth Raper

Thank you so much for all the work you do and for caring for Finley. God's speed.

$200

Sancia And Robert And Family

Good luck with the trek and fund raising. My heart and admiration goes out to the children, their families and carers. We are thinking of Finley, K, P, J and L especially.

$200

Mel Fielder

Good on you Liz. You and the C2N team work so hard and are all wonderful. Thankyou!! Mel, Martin, Evie and Luca Windsor xx

$200

Anonymous

$200

Melissa Partington

Best of luck Elizabeth! From Benson's aunt Mel x

$200

Eryn Brown

$156

Paul Rankin

Read your story in Sunday Telegraph. Ho you good thing !

$104

Joseph Brattoni

Dear Elizabeth. I was touched by your story when I read it in the paper and I was inspired to do something to help you. God bless you.

$104

Jack Bruce Family

Great cause great effort thank you xxx

$100

Anonymous

$100

Martin Curnow

Thank you for all you do. Happy to help.

$100

Tudor, Anne-marie, Kiera, Hana And Cate

Good luck - and good on you! Thank you for all that your support means to Finley and his family.

$100

Elsabeth Bisgaard

Good luck Elisabeth. Thoughts and prayers to Finley and the Curnow Family.

$100

Nicole Clement

Wishing you a successful climb. Thank for your support of the a Curnows and all the other families.

$100

Pedro Martins Barata

No worthier cause

$100

Gemma Hepple

Go Lizzie@fitclass - what an amazing challenge and a really special cause. You will have an awesome experience & I hope you smash your target xxx

$100

Simon Pratley

$100

Megan Pinfold

Go Liz - Climb for the Kids! -xx-

$100

Paul Mcevoy

With love.

$100

Jeannine Barakat

Thinking of Kate, Paul, Jacob, Liam & Finley Wright Curnow

$100

Lisa Shortland

Very best of luck Liz and know that there is so much support out there for you and your team. You will be in our thoughts each and everyday of your climb and blessings your safe return. Lisa x

$100

Alison Kennedy

Good luck and enjoy every step and remember and "shoot" lots of animals on safari...........through a lens of course.

$100

Cerissa French

Good luck Lizzie!!!! You are an inspiration and I know you'll be amazing! What a wonderful thing you are doing...sorry its taken me so long to get this done! Big hugs and I hope to see you in December! xx

$100

Hala Katf

Great effort and good luck

$100

Pippa O'regan

Good luck Lizzie and hope you make it to the top x

$100

David Ziegler

Go Liz!!

$100

Martin Weber

Good luck!

$100

Annie Bye

Thankyou Liz. Great effort.

$100

Judith Hall

Go Liz!!!! You are fantastic!!

$100

Cara Minary

One step in front of the other - then - before you know it - you'll be on top of the world - in more ways than 'won' - Good Luck !

$100

Peter Linnegar

This is so more kids like Benson Sisia can be cared for by wonderful people like you and to assist in some small way with research

$100

Bronwyn And Geoff

We are in no doubt you will overcome all obstacles to achieve this goal. Go girl xxx

$100

Vera Russell

Have a wonderful climb!! .'Tis a great thing you are doing ! all the best

$100

Sarah Munro

Good luck with the walk, it is an amazing thing that you are doing to help. Finley, kate, Paul, Jacob and Liam are in our thoughts and prayers. I truly hope the money raised will help to find a cure

$100

Holly

Go Liz! You can do it! I'm so proud of you and thank you so much for your hard work & effort to raise money for brain cancer research. Love & Best Wishes, Hols xoxo

$100

Lisa Nicol

Thank you Liz

$100

James Wright

Thank you Liz for doing this. good luck. JIm and Jen Wright

$100

Else And Rob Curnow

Thanks very much for caring & good luck

$80

Ed Porter

Well done Liz! Amazing achievement to raise this amount of money and do the training. Good luck!!

$75

Anonymous

$65

Lucy

xxxxx

$60

Robert Paterson

Flipbelt - silent auction

$52

Anonymous

$52

Janet Burke

You're AMAZING

$52

Swatt

Well done Liz - you have made us so proud to see your wonderful achievement, and beautiful care for your brain tumour patients & their families xo

$52

Vicki Wall

Congratulations From Chanelle’s nanny

$50

Claire. Alistair, Lachlan. Amelia & Fergus Ewart

Your life is never the same when one of your children are touched by cancer it is like a vice. We are thankful for the support given to Finley, Paul, Kate, Liam & Jacob and the extended families.

$50

Amy Kean

Thank you for your wonderful work helping Finley

$50

Simon Ingram

$50

Jen Sexton Woodall

Because all children deserve a future

$50

Therese Lloyd

Great cause, good luck!

$50

Anonymous

No mountain to big. Footsteps for Good. Take us higher Lzx

$50

Anonymous

$50

Eleanor

Good luck Liz!

$50

Pat Maccallum

$50

Elizabeth Bland

Sweet thanks To all those that baked, bought or donated, helped man the stand while I gave a lecture (cakes, prizes , raffle told) and the inaugural climb for a cure cake raffle and auction stall. A whopping 2600+ was raised. lzx

$50

Jo Michalowski

Well done Lizzy!

$50

Merv Linnegar

you are a darling girl who helped us thru a trying time with Benson & we love you heaps Donna & Merv

$50

Debra Tidball

For Finley

$50

Alice Harvey

Right behind you all the way to the top Liz! Thankyou for giving so much of yourself for such a worthy cause xx

$50

Matt Linnegar

Good luck Elizabeth - make sure you have a Kilimanjaro beer to follow the mountain!

$50

Jennifer Gray

Go Lizzy......

$50

Anna Mandalis

What a great cause and what an incredible experience it will be. best wishes

$50

Anonymous

Wishing you every success in your generous and brave endeavour.

$50

Tracie Sheekey

Good luck Liz! ???

$50

Tracey

You have a great heart and show the courage your small patients need to find at such a difficult time. Your action against brain cancer is inspiring and touching, you are a great humanitarian. Safe travel x

$50

Carolyn Smith

Good Luck Liz x

$50

Karen Johnston

Well done Liz

$50

Heather Morris

So proud of my sister xxx

$50

Rhonda Pistola

One step at a time Liz. Good luck tread carefully. Thank you for this and everything else you do for all your patients and their families.

$50

Susan Walsh

I'm glad you've got summit to do this October! Liz good luck on this amazing adventure. Don't leave anything at the top! Wishing you love and lots of strength. Susan x

$50

Tina & Jim

We wish you well on your journey not only to Kilimanjaro ..but the journey to help improve the the outcomes for all children with brain tumours

$50

Anonymous

$50

Sunita Shanmuganathan

You'll be great! Enjoy it!

$50

Suz

Keep going Lizzie!

$50

Nikki Clapton

Good luck, Liz! ?

$50

Rachel Ward

Good luck!

$50

Monica Wilkinson

Good luck Liz.

$50

Saeed Kohan

Good Luck Liz!

$50

Fiona Maguire

Great Effort LIz!

$50

Margaret Allen

You are amazing Liz all the best

$50

Grainne

Great efforts Liz. Best of luck, stay safe and enjoy!

$50

Kristie Merheb

Thank you Liz for all the support over the past 6 years!

$50

Kylee Burgess

This is such a terrible affliction. We had a dear friend pass from a rare childhood brain tumour. He was lucky he made it through to his 30s. He fought the fight bravely. We would give it all to find a cure. We wish you luck and hope you raise a mint.

$50

Lucas & Peta

You are an inspiration for making a difference in not just raising much needed funds in your personal challenge of climbing Mt Kilimajaro but in your daily everyday life

$50

Lucas & Peta

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Emily Christensen

For Finley with love. Good luck for the walk!

$50

Kirsten Adnum

wishing you luck Liz

$50

Maddie Pidcock

Good luck, Liz- you are an inspiration!

$50

Anonymous

$50

Emma Wright

Good luck Elizabeth and thank you so much

$50

Lachlan Tait

From a friend of Finley's.

$30

Anonymous

$26

Melissa Branley

What a wonderful cause - good luck!

$26

Anonymous

Woo Hoo!!

$25

Beatriz Pinto

Hoping this little contribution can give you and your team the strengh to go a lit bit further in your climbing! Thanks so so much for all your work. Up! Up! Up!

$25

Nicole Sorby

Thank you. x

$25

Sarah Pettit & Family

All the best for your climb Liz! Thanks for taking such good care of Sarah during our stay & for our checkups

$25

Catarina Vazao

$25

Sharon Willdin

I'm sorry I don't have more to give. But I have energy and please let me know what I can do to help raise awareness. Much love from myself and Caleb xx

$25

Amanda

All the best. A wonderful thing to do, Elizabeth

$25

Denise

For my friend, Lisa, and her godson, Finley

$25

Anne Charlton

Go Liz, what an amazing contribution you are making. Enjoy the view up there ?????

$25

Barbara Greenwald

Thanks for doing this. Sending regards from Boulder, Colorado

$25

Angela Betzien

$25

Mandy Salas

Thanks so much for helping Benson & Katie Linnegar and family, and so many others :)

$25

Erin Fitzhenry

Thankyou for looking after gorgeous Benson and his lovely family.

$25

Sian Minary-bland

Good luck! So proud of you! I will be there in spirit. xox

$25

Kittani Morrison

Wonderful cause. All the best xx

$25

Karly Weatheted

Well done Lizzie!!! Xxx

$25

Anonymous

Thank you for doing this!

$25

Helen Pandol

$25

Suzy Murphy

You are an angel Liz! Good luck and thank you!

$25

Anna Kearns

Go Liz!!

$25

Lucy Maurice

Liz, you are fabulous! Good luck and take care xxx

$25

Juliet Mikha

Good luck Liz! Thank you for raising awareness and much needed funds.

$20.80

Tanya Norman

Liz, you are amazing. What an achievement. Lots of love from Tanya, Craig and Sophie Norman xcc

$20.80

Lynn Macritchie

Well Done Liz x

$20

Anonymous

Thanks for you work. Keep going.

$20

Kelly Ashton

You do amazing things at the hospital Lizzy, and you will be even more amazing on that mountain! Go Lizzy xx

$15

Angela Lough

Liz - An amazing challenge for such a worthy cause. I know you'll do it! Very best of luck xx

$10.40

Anonymous

good luck Elizabeth

$10.40

Anonymous

You make me so proud. I'll be with you in spirit on your journey.