Isabella and Marcus lost their lives to a little known brain tumour called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG). This tumour occurs in the brainstem, most frequently in children between the ages of 5 and 9 and offers no prospect of long term survival. Most children die within a year of diagnosis.
Research has improved the prognosis of many children’s cancers but there has been no progress in the treatment of DIPG in the last 30 years. The only treatment available is radiotherapy, which temporarily reduces symptoms. Brain cancer kills more children than any other disease in Australia and DIPG is the most dangerous and least understood.
To fund Australian research into paediatric brainstem tumours with a focus on DIPG.
To establish research laboratories in Australia that will seek to understand the cause of DIPG and develop novel treatments for testing in clinical trials.
Isabella’s and Marcus’ families were brought together by their tragedies. They are like-minded in their pursuit to extend and improve the quality of life for children diagnosed with brainstem tumours and ultimately to find a cure.
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2016 Classic Car Show
Thanks to the classic car community for showcasing your 550 vehicles at the 6th Isabella and Marcus Fund Classic Car Day on March 6th 2016. For the first time trucks were also a part of a show. Thanks to our many sponsors and volunteers who made this event possible. One of the attendees prepared a great video of the day. See you again on March 5th, 2017
50 km Challenge
Thank-you to the many participants who have been part of the Upstream Challenge event for the past 3 years and raised money for DIPG research. This event funds PhD scholarships and one is awarded each year and named in memory of a DIPG child.
Picture below: Team Gem members Amanda and Lily with IMF researcher Dr Jason Cain.
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Thank-you to Darren Harrison, Franchisee, for his continued support of The Isabella and Marcus Fund
Thank-you to Glenn Callaway.
Kids Dream Day
The ‘Kids Dream Day’ program seeks to raise awareness of brainstem tumours in children amongst the school community. Contact us for more information.
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