In 2011 Colin was struck down with a life-threatening brain tumour
This grade 2 tumour was in the centre of his brain and the size of a small orange.
After 2 brain surgeries, rehabilitation and ongoing treatments, he is now the Trading Manager at Bartercard Canberra, a demanding position trading over 200 businesses in the Capital.
He counts himself extremely lucky to be back at work 12 months later, but his struggle is far from over.
After intense Neuro-Psychological assessment 2 years ago, Colin received confirmation of 3 areas of brain damage as a result of the tumour surgery.
Colin is also diagnosed with a form of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Clinical trials are the best way for patients to access novel treatments. Like many other brain cancer survivors, Colin will be burdened for the rest of his life with out-of-pocket financial costs.
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Brain Cancer Warrior
Since his ordeal, Colin realised his purpose is now to help those diagnosed with this killer disease. Survival rates are currently only 2 in 10 people over a 5 year period.
Despite struggling with his ongoing treatments and pain, he has driven awareness to find a cure for brain cancer and helped with fundraising through the Bartercard business network and his 3 Brain Cancer Charity Partners.
Colin helped to organise the Canberra Annual Cure Brain Cancer Walk and raised much needed funds for Brain Tumour Alliance Australia. He serves also on the following committees:
Empowering Brain Cancer Charities for a more significant impact.
Colin is on a mighty mission to unite and equip more Brain Cancer Charities through fundraising Campaigns like this one. Empowering them to partner with the Australian initiative.
Brain cancer has evolved from being a forgotten cancer to now being a “national priority”. Of course, no amount of money is enough until a cure is found.
In early 2017, the brain cancer community united to have its voice heard when more than 260 people wrote a submission to the Senate Select Committee into Funding for Research into Low Survival Cancers, with a strong focus on brain cancer. This was a great collaboration throughout the brain cancer community.
The Government announced the Australian Brain Cancer Mission – this was an incredible and pivotal moment in history. A relief for many that brought tears of joy. Sad that it has come too late for many people who have had their lives stripped from this hideous disease, but a relief to know that our voices are no longer falling on deaf ears.
This is an Australian initiative to lead the world in a $124 million mission to beat brain cancer, double survival rates in ten years, and improve patients’ quality of life.
This is how your Brain Cancer Gift will make an impact:
1.Dainere’s Rainbow works tirelessly to elevate significant awareness and fund Pediatric Brain Cancer Research. They support the research of the devoted Associate Professor David Ziegler and his team. Prof Ziegler is a Senior Staff Specialist at the Kids Cancer Centre at SCH. He runs the largest laboratory in Australia dedicated to finding new treatments for childhood brain cancer.
2. BTAA provides information resources for newly diagnosed patients with a brain tumour and can assist with referrals to the most appropriate support services in their area. They operate a support line – 1800 857 221
3. Cure Brain Cancer Foundation is leading the efforts to change the game for people living with brain cancer, their carers and families in Australia. In line with our mission to increase five-year survival to 50% by 2023, we are engaging with numerous stakeholders, including Federal and State governments.
4. Brainstorm for a Cure is an event which supports Cure Brain Cancer Foundation and its mission.