Carrie B: A personal Project
Carrie Bickmore’s cancer foundation has helped The Project star cope with the death of her husband. By SHANNON MOLLOY
GRIEF is a strange thing to live with. It can strike with ferocity in the most unlikely of circumstances and then be totally absent in the obvious ones, as Carrie Bickmore has discovered over the past six years. Her husband Greg Lange died in 2010, just two days after Christmas, after a long battle with brain cancer. The sadness – that awful sense of loss – never entirely goes away, Bickmore says. “I don’t know if I want it to, though,” she says. “It’s a strange thing, but I guess it’s wanting to know that person is still with you in some way.”
When The Project’s co-host won her 2015 Gold Logie, donning a blue beanie and giving an impassioned speech about the disease that took her husband, she couldn’t have imagined the reaction that followed.
Her heartfelt plea for awareness and support resonated across the country. People wanted to chip in, to help her make a difference, so Carrie’s Beanies For Brain Cancer was born.
“The foundation has given me a positive place to channel a lot of the feelings I have,” Bickmore says.
“It’s also a real legacy for Greg and a legacy for [son] Ollie as well. And it’s gone so well. I’m humbled by everyone’s support and generosity. I can’t believe we’ve raised $1.2 million in just over a year.”
Through a concert fundraiser and the sale of designer beanies, which sold out this winter, her organisation has been able to splash much-needed cash on vital research projects.
“The money is going to make a difference and hopefully one day other families don’t have to go through what I went through,” Bickmore says. THE PROJECT WEEKDAYS, 6.30PM, WIN