IsabellaIsabella 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 prolongs life by months if the tumour is responsive. 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 the lives of children diagnosed with brainstem tumours and ultimately to find a cure.

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.

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photoThe Isabella and Marcus Fund is administered by the Australian Communities Foundation, a not for profit organisation. Donations over $2 are fully tax deductible and 100% goes to the Isabella and Marcus Fund.


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