I’ve heard it said many times that brain cancer is rare, but our family has had more experience of this awful, cruel disease than most. Having not known anything about brain cancer before 2015, I’d now almost consider myself an expert.
In late 2015, my beautiful Aunty Carmel was diagnosed with brain cancer. Within six short months of discovering she had a brain tumour, she had passed away. It was a truly shocking experience for our family and one that I hoped we would never have to go through again.
Horrifically, we did have to go through it again. Just months later, my nephew Spencer, the most gorgeous, fearless, cheeky little boy you could imagine, was also diagnosed with brain cancer. He was just 22 months old, and had been completely healthy otherwise, but six weeks after his diagnosis, and eight days short of his second birthday, Spencer also passed away in the loving arms of his wonderful mother and father, Eva and Stevan.
My sister Eva and I were pregnant at the same time. We thought my daughter Maria and spencer would grow up together, and be besties. But it just didn’t turn out that way.
Two brain cancer diagnoses, in one family, in one year was incredibly tough for our family to deal with, but I am now incredibly passionate about doing my bit to make a difference in the fight against this awful disease. Our network of friends and family have banded together since this awful experience, and we’ve raised many thousands of dollars through various community fundraisers.
I am very fortunate that my business, Lash Envy Melbourne, is successful. Because of this, I’m delighted that this year, we’re in a position to be the Platinum Sponsors for Dine for a Cure 2018 here in Melbourne. Brain cancer is, unfortunately, a cause that is incredibly close to my heart, but to be able to be supporting the Cure through my business is something that is very special to me.
I know the event will be a huge success, raising much needed money to support brain cancer research. I’m sure it will be an emotional and inspiring night in equal measure, and I couldn’t be prouder to be supporting Cure Brain Cancer Foundation at this year’s Dine for a Cure.