At the ACRF we are all excited about getting into the spirit of Christmas and looking forward to spending time with family and friends. But in the search for the perfect gifts, sometimes the Christmas retail rush can get intimidating, even overwhelming, especially are we get closer to the big day!
This is just one of the challenges ACRF supporter, Michael Gunter, had to deal with while completing two big climbs in NSW’s Blue Mountains region.
Michael’s decision to do something extraordinary for cancer research is an inspirational story, showing true strength and determination throughout a harrowing cancer journey.
Only months ago, Michael completed chemotherapy treatment for Hodgkin lymphoma.
The Australian Cancer Research Foundation has acknowledged the promising future of cancer research in Australia, announcing $8.4million in grants to progress the work of four of the country’s most innovative research initiatives.
In an exciting first, the $8.4m will be shared between research teams from four separate Australian states. The funding will provide each research team with state-of-the-art technologies and facilities, the scope of which have the potential to make significant discoveries in the understanding and management of cancer.
CEO of the ACRF, David Brettell says “Never before have we so many such world-class proposals for cancer research, with applications for our grants this year totalling almost $50 million.”
This year, two events took place, with 34 ACRF supporters enjoying a lovely local lunch at Harboard Diggers, and 40 gathering at Parramatta Leagues Club the following day.
The Sydney north lunch consisted of a most informative and inspiring presentation by Dr Darren Saunders from the ACRF funded Kinghorn Cancer Centre at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research.
Lead by ACRF advocate and Qantas employee, Mina Masoumian, the ‘4th Annual Qantas 27km Coastal Walk’ kicked off bright and early, at 6:30am. The team set out to cover the coastline of the Royal National Park – from Otford to Bundeena – in just one day.
After several hours of clambering up and down rocky spurs, making tracks along some picturesque beaches and hopping over bubbling creeks the team finished up their challenging trek at around 3pm at the lovely Bundeena Wharf.