Com­mu­nity ral­lies be­hind lo­cal sur­vivor

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Clau­dia Alp clau­dia.alp@whit­sun­day­

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.

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