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One family’s dream raises vital funds for brain tumour research

Peatey family at the fundraiser

Peatey family at the fundraiser

In August 2011, Vicki Gardner suggested holding a family fundraiser to honour her late father Mervyn Peatey.

Vicki, along with her two sisters Brooke Watson and Kim Swinbourne and their mother, Lesley Peatey set off to organise a backyard fundraising evening.

What began as a small fundraiser with family and friends transformed to 125 people attending a fundraising gala evening in November 2011.

The Peatey family were dedicated to making a real difference and worked hard to approach many businesses and friends which resulted in more than 150 donated items to raffle and auction.

Along with some generous financial donations, the family raised an outstanding amount, over $14,700.

The Peatey family were touched by the generosity of support they received and feel very proud to know the funds raised in honour of their father will help others.

In March 2010, Mervyn was tragically diagnosed with a glioblastoma multiforme. Glioblastoma is the most common and aggressive form of primary brain cancer and despite considerable progress in cancer research, for most patients diagnosed there is currently no cure or long term survival. Mervyn underwent a biopsy, radiation and chemotherapy, however he sadly passed away in November 2010.

QIMR is so grateful for their outstanding efforts to raise vital funds for our glioblastoma research.

QIMR’s Professor Andrew Boyd is working to develop new therapeutic strategies to tackle the cancer from all  angles; boosting the immune system; searching for genetic information; and sifting through new compounds for treatments.


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