The Westpac Ride for a Cure team will raise vital funds for the game-changing cancer research, support and prevention projects that will bring our dream of a world without cancer closer to reality.
Dr Marina Pajic, Garvan Institute, $200,000, Pancreatic Cancer
Pancreatic cancer is the 3rd leading cause of cancer deaths with less than 8% of patients surviving over 5 years post diagnosis. This project leads the way in personalised medicine for pancreatic cancer, targeting c-SRC and c-MET cancer driving proteins that are present in 38% of pancreatic cancers. Patients may respond better to a novel combination therapy that blocks these proteins along with maximising the efficacy of chemotherapy.
Associate Professor Tao Liu, Children's Cancer Institute Australia, $200,000
Cancer is the most common cause of death from disease in children and Neuroblastoma is the most common type of solid tumour in early childhood. The aim of this project is to identify the first ever targeted therapy for children with neuroblastoma, leading to better survival rates and improved quality of life.
Camp Quality, $100,000
All cancers in children aged 0-13yrs
Camp Quality gives children going through cancer treatment the chance to be kids again, creating positive memories for them and their families. This year Camp Quality is looking to fund three additional wellbeing camps. Their programs and services are for kids 0-13 who are dealing with their own diagnosis or someone they love.