Community rallies behind local survivor
CONNOR Howse stole hearts when his four-year battle with stage four neuroblastoma became known in April.
But thanks to the combined efforts of his mother, Rhiannon Howse, and several local businesses, a whopping $55,000 has been raised for research into childhood cancer.
A charity dinner was held at Villa Botanica at which coveted holidays and VIP opportunities were sold by animated local auctioneer Brad Sobott.
Among the prizes auctioned was a stay at a couples retreat in New Zealand and a trip to Sydney’s ANZ stadium to watch State of Origin in a luxury VIP suite.
However, the real kicker was a raffle to win a five-night bareboat sailing holiday on the Leopard 46 catamaran Indigo, donated by Whitsunday Escape and Indigo co-owners Murray Griffith, Phil Purdie and Phil Amos.
On Friday, Connor made his way to Abell Point Marina and presented formal certificates of appreciation to organisers of the fundraising events.
The money raised during the charity dinner will be donated to Neuroblastoma Australia and the Children’s Cancer Institute to fund research into better treatment for childhood cancer.
There is no current cure for relapsed patients of neuroblastoma and while research shows significant progress in developing one, funding is severely limited.
Ms Howse said there had been definite potential, particularly in nanotechnology, a branch of technology that deals with molecular particles.
“The end goal that I would like to see is better treatment for children with childhood cancer, less toxic treatment and then obviously a cure,” Ms Howse said. “But I think we really need to focus on the nanotechnology and targeted therapy.”
Ms Howse will be co-ordinating a Run2Cure fun run to continue raising money for neuroblastoma research at the Domain and Botanical Gardens in Sydney on Sunday, June 3.
COMMUNITY: Rhiannon Howes, Jacqui Wakerley, Dylan Hammond, Murray Griffith, Phil Purdie, Alita Debrincat, Brooke Miles, Hayley Bennett, Alex Wakerley, Connor Howse, Freya and Isla Howes at the presenting of appreciation certifications for neuroblastoma survivor Connor Howse.