Kids’ cancer ef­fort

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

GROWING re­la­tions with in­ter­na­tional re­searchers is the aim of a new fel­low­ship being launched this Satur­day in North Fre­man­tle.

In­spired by six-year-old Ethan Davies, the Fel­low­ship for Child­hood Brain Cancer Re­search will build on the suc­cess of the schol­ar­ship also named in his hon­our by fa­cil­i­tat­ing joint re­search be­tween the Telethon Kids In­sti­tute and other re­search in­sti­tutes around the world.

Re­searcher and clin­i­cian Nick Got­tardo said the fel­low­ship re­cip­i­ent would fo­cus on child­hood ependy­moma, the third most com­mon child­hood brain tu­mour, and es­tab­lish links with re­searchers world­wide.

“The brain tu­mour team in the Telethon Kids Cancer Cen­tre is driven by an ur­gent de­sire to prove that chil­dren can be saved from this cruel killer,” Dr Got­tardo said.

The Ethan Davies Schol­ar­ship for Brain Cancer Re­search was set up by the Suc­cess boy’s par­ents Shan­non and Christie-Lee af­ter Ethan was di­ag­nosed with a brain tu­mour in 2012.

Shan­non Davies said the fel­low­ship would fill a fund­ing gap iden­ti­fied by the Telethon Kids In­sti­tute and en­sure re­search was not un­nec­es­sar­ily du­pli­cated.

“Very few peo­ple are aware that brain cancer is cur­rently the great­est non-ac­ci­den­tal killer of chil­dren in Aus­tralia, with sur­vival rates for the past decade hav­ing reached a plateau well be­low that of other child­hood can­cers, such as leukaemia,” he said.

“There is also a critical need to de­velop bet­ter treat­ments to ad­dress the longterm health prob­lems of­ten suf­fered by sur­vivors.”

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