Brain cancer battle
UNTIL her husband was diagnosed with brain cancer, Kalamunda councillor Tracy Destree knew little about the devastating disease.
Mrs Destree was shocked to learn there had been no improvement in brain cancer survival rates in Australia over the past 40 years.
“Simon was initially diagnosed with a brain tumour in October 2016 and the neurosurgeon was confident it would be benign,” she said.
“Unfortunately four days before Christmas last year, Simon was diagnosed with a rare brain cancer – Choroid Plexus Carcinoma – which has also spread through his spine.
“We were advised that without immediate treatment he would only have months to live.
“Now, one year since surgery he is still recovering from the effects of the surgery and radiation therapy – but the tumour is stable.”
Mrs Destree has formed Team Simon to participate in the Walk4BrainCancer fundraising event on November 12. “The five-year survival rates for rare and aggressive brain cancers can be as low as 1 per cent,” she said.
“This has driven us to support the Walk4BrainCancer Foundation; without significant improvements in research these rates will not improve, and a cure will be a distant hope.” Mrs Destree is hoping to raise $10,000 for the Foundation.
Last month a $100 million fighting fund was announced, aiming to double brain cancer survival rates.
To donate go to http://www.walk4bra incancer.com.au/myfundraising/5813/ team-simon
Tracy Destree with Reanna Cross and Sue Underwood and her husband, Simon, looking on.