2021 Christmas Appeal

The ultimate gift this christmas


Your gift today could mean that when someone hears the words ‘you have cancer’, they’ll also hear, ‘but we have good treatment options for you – and you’ll be able to get on with your life.’

This Christmas, will you donate towards research that could help the ONE IN TWO Queenslanders who’ll be diagnosed with cancer in our lifetimes?

It seemed to Ann that the biggest interruption to ‘normal’ life would be a few weeks of self-isolation with her husband, who had just returned from work overseas.

It was during that two-week period that she started getting back pain. Ann had previously had some treatment for sciatica – but this was different. Her pain rapidly became unbearable.

She remembers: “My GP organised for a scan, and I had the scan the next day. At the Wesley, they called in a surgeon to look at the scan and he said, ‘there’s a tumour that’s wrapping around your spinal cord. It’s extremely dangerous and you could become paralysed at any moment.’”

Patient Ann laying on hospital bed with no hair, after chemo.
Patient Ann wearing a headscarf to cover her head after her hair feel out from chemo.

The cancer was so dangerous, Ann was booked for surgery the very next day.

Every person’s cancer is different, and there are some cancers that can’t be removed by surgery because they don’t have a hard mass or because they’re located in a difficult place to reach. 

For example, brain cancers like glioblastoma multiforme. Tragically, the prognosis for people with this brain cancer is extremely poor – the five year survival rate is still less than 10% for glioblastomas, meaning only one in ten patients is alive five years after their diagnosis.

Will you please consider supporting Wesley Medical Research with a generous donation today?


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