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Give new hope to kids with brain cancer

21 February 2019

Brain cancer kills more children in Australia than any other disease and survival rates have barely increased in the last 30 years. Thanks to new research by Associate Professor David Ziegler at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick, new clinical trials are providing hope for families when previously there was none...

“Just last year I saw a little girl with a brain tumour that had spread throughout her brain. It failed intensive chemotherapy, failed radiation therapy and she was literally dying from this tumour.

Through donated money we were actually able to perform an in-depth analysis of her tumour and through that we found a single genetic change in that tumour and were able to access a new drug which switched off that genetic change.

She became the first child in the world with this sort of brain tumour to receive the drug. We didn’t know if it was going to work but we started treating her and within a few days she started waking up, within a few weeks she started walking, she started talking. Within a month she started coming into clinic dancing and when we did her first scan we couldn’t see any tumour. It had had literally melted away and without that support, without getting access to this cutting-edge treatment she would have died and that’s what your support means to us and our patients.

Over the last 50 years we have seen the cure rate improve for childhood leukaemia from 0% to 90%. I am convinced we can do the same thing for the most aggressive brain tumours. Through research we can improve the outcome for kids with aggressive brain tumours but we desperately need your help. With your support we can provide new hope and a new future for these kids and their parents.” Associate Professor David Ziegler 

How you can help 

You can support Dr Ziegler’s research is by attending the Greek Young Matrons' Association's Gala Dinner Dance.  

Taking place on Friday 1 March 2019, this special event is specifically supporting the ground-breaking research of Associate Professor David Ziegler at the Kids Cancer Centre, Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick.

Tickets include a delicious pre-dinner drinks and canapes, three course meal and entertainment.  

Date: Friday 1 March, 7pm – midnight 

Location: Sheraton Grand Sydney, Hyde Park 

Ticket Price: $300

Find out more about the event and book your tickets.

About the Greek Young Matrons' Association

Supporting the Hospital since 1995, the Greek Young Matrons' Association has benefited many areas, including Outpatients, Emergency Department and the Short Stay Surgical Ward. 

The Association has raised over $1.1 million and the impact their donations have made is outstanding. The Outpatients Department has improved the entire service, funding clinics such as the nut allergy clinic, purchasing vital equipment, and creating a play therapy service.

We're delighted the Association has chosen to fundraise for brain cancer research. It will make a huge difference to the vital work of Dr Ziegler.  

Sydney Children's Hospitals Foundation raises funds for Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick , The Children's Hospital at Westmead, Bear Cottage, the Newborn and Paediatric Emergency Transport Service (NETS NSW) and Kids Research