We are so thankful to be a part of the Justin Cameron Cancer Care Foundation.
Justin Cameron was just 16 years old when he was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer most commonly seen in adolescents and young adults. At the time, Justin was finishing his education and had aspirations of studying medicine. Sadly he passed away in December 1990, following a hard-fought nine-month battle with the disease.
His dedicated parents and sister, Alan, Rhonda and Lauren, created the Justin Cameron Cancer Care Foundation in a quest to honour Justin and contribute to the ongoing fight against cancer. A short time later, their network of family and friends established a fundraising committee chaired by Brisbane Bullets coach, Brian Kerle. Over the next ten years, this amazing group of volunteers worked tirelessly and raised in excess of half a million dollars. Every year since 1992, the foundation has awarded recipients on Justin’s birthday, January 10. This funding has provided educational bursaries, extensive funding for cancer related research, including equipment and support for the Wesley Medical Research Biobank.
Unfortunately, Alan Cameron passed away in December 2012 after his own battle with Melanoma. The family
felt strongly that the Justin Cameron Cancer Care Foundation would honour Alan’s legacy too.
On January 10, Wesley Medical Research hosts an annual celebration with family and friends of the Justin Cameron Cancer Care Foundation.
This year, Associate Professor Nick Saunders shared his research on identifying novel therapies for the treatment of osteosarcoma. As part of his research, Associate Professor Nick Saunders had used sarcoma samples from the Wesley Medical Research Biobank. His research could be the first new therapy to improve clinical outcomes in osteosarcoma in more than two decades.
Thank you to the Justin Cameron Cancer Care Foundation for your dedication and commitment to giving hope and changing lives through medical research.