16.1 C
Byron Shire
May 12, 2021

Brain cancer killing 1,200 Australians a year

Latest News

Ageism alive and well

Margaret Boshier, St Ives I have been spending time in the ocean since before I could walk; I grew up...

Other News

Mayor’s parting gift 

Michele Grant, Ocean Shores The Mayor’s parting gift to the Bruns/Bayside Community was ushering through approval for the controversial Corso...

The legal smoke

Paul Rea, Coorabell While Labor stopped taking donations from the tobacco industry in 2004 and the Liberals followed suit a...

A grubby business

Cr Cate Coorey, Byron Shire Council Among the reasons Simon Richardson gave for his retirement from the mayoralty was the...

Government fails to support dying at home in Northern Rivers

Approaching the subject of dying is always tricky, often awkward, and never easy. But when you are faced with caring for someone at the end of their life, it helps if you can find support from people who have already navigated the path.

Assange’s father to beg Biden for son’s freedom

John Shipton, father of detained WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, says he’ll return to the United States to ask President Joe Biden to drop legal action against his son.

Board defends its management of Mullum Rural Co-op

The issue of potential fraud and financial mismanagement was a key part of the response from Mullumbimby Rural Co-op...

Jennifer Hughes hopes to raiser $20,000 for brain cancer research. Photo Tree Faerie.

On October 1 last year, Jennifer Hughes went out to lunch with friends. She’d been suffering from headaches for a while but on the day her noticeable  stumbling, falling sideways, and veering left while walking sounded alarm bells – and they raced her off to the Byron hospital.

‘The hospital did a variety of tests including a brain scan where they found an unexplained mass,’ said Jen from her home in Ocean Shores. ‘They transferred me to the Gold Coast hospital. They did an MRI and diagnosed a GBM grade 4 tumour.’

A few days later Jennifer had surgery to remove 95 per cent of an aggressive brain tumour.

In the last few months while exploring her options and treatments, Jennifer says she has been incredibly lucky in that, for most of her treatment she has felt well.

‘While having the treatment I began researching brain cancers and was shocked to learn of the statistic.’

Shocking stats

• Around 1,700 people are diagnosed with brain cancer in Australia annually and approximately 1,200 die from the disease every year.

• Brain cancer kills more children in Australia than any other disease and more people under 40 than any other cancer.

• Relative five-year survival for brain cancer has hardly changed for 30 years, increasing by only 1 per cent between the periods of 1984-1988 and 2009-2013.

• Only two in ten people diagnosed with brain cancer will survive for at least five years

• Between 1982 and 2014, brain cancer incidence and mortality trends showed little change.

A ‘run’ to raise funds

So along with her treatment of surgery and chemo, Jen plans to highlight the cause and raise funds for much-needed research.

Jen and her family, work colleagues, and friends from near and far, past and present, are entering the Sun Run Cole Classic 2019 in Sydney. Rather than running they are walking from Dee Why to Manly (about seven kilometres). Jennifer says that for her it will be more of an ambling stroll. She and her support crew have been fundraising in the local area, and currently sit at the top of the Sun Run leaderboard, having raised $12,628.95 toward her goal of $20,000.

‘I am extremely lucky to have a big support base of family and friends who are keen to help,’ she says. ‘We live in a very generous and supportive community. Many people in the country are already working hard to achieve this, such as Charlie Teo, Mark Hughes, and Carrie Bickmore.’

Jen says if she can help in any little way that would be a great thing. ‘Since the diagnosis my outlook on life has changed,’ says Jennifer. ‘I am more appreciative of the world around us and better able to live life in the moment. I am also more confident as I don’t have time to waste. I love to take photos and have been taking photos in the local area during my walks and sharing them on Facebook. I recently put out a calendar of some of my photos, which has been a great fundraiser. It’s another way of stopping, noticing, and sharing the wonders of the world around us.’

Jen says it has been heartwarming and humbling to have the local businesses as well as friends and family get behind her efforts so enthusiastically.

That probably says a lot about Jen.

‘I sincerely hope we get a breakthrough soon,’ she says. ‘I know a lot of people are working very hard to achieve this goal and we appreciate their efforts immensely!

‘Thank you, and good luck to you all!’

If you would like to support Jennifer in her quest for funds, please visit her Sun Run Cole Classic page.


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

1 COMMENT

  1. GBM, or Glioblastoma Multiforme, is associated by some researchers and medical experts with mobile and cordless phone use. The science is not yet conclusive, but until it is, limiting daily exposure to the microwaves these devices emit may be a prudent option. Suggestions for doing so are widely available online, and from telecom service providers.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

It’s D-Day for Byron’s Marvell Street DA

Will a controversial hotel development in central Byron that exceeds both height and floor space limits be given conditional approval at this week’s Byron Council meeting?

Plans to increase building heights in Byron CBD may be shelved

Byron Council’s controversial plan to increase building height limits on a block in the centre of Byron Bay looks set to be abandoned at this week’s planning meeting.

Re Netflix

David Gilet, Byron Bay You would have to say that the Byron district has more than its fair share of wankers, however, most of our local...

Cartoon of the week – 12 May, 2021

Letters to the editor We love to receive letters, but not every letter will be published; the publication of letters is at the discretion of...