The next event on the RUNDIPG event calendar is the 20km swim challenge at the iconic Merewether Baths on February 7.
RUNDIPG’s Matt Dun – a National Health and Medical Research Council Investigator, whose career has been decorated with more than 20 national and global awards – will lead the swim team.
The 20km target is symbolic: 1km will be swum for every child who is diagnosed and who will die from DIPG in Australia each year. More than twenty per cent of all childhood deaths from cancer and from DIPG, the leading killer of children in the developed world.
RUNDIPG relies on corporate assistance to fund its research as it approaches what Dr Dun has described as a colossal year for its laboratory work toward cracking the code of DIPG and offering children diagnosed with the disease a fighting chance.
“It’s a very big year at RUN DIPG as we help to fund the movement of treatments developed in ‘Dun Lab’ into the clinic aimed at increasing survival for kids diagnosed with DIPG. Our work is part of an international clinical trial DMG-ACT, based at in San Francisco and heading here soon,” Dr Dun said.
“The treatments we have helped to develop are probably not the silver bullet, so our team is working tirelessly in the pursuit of options that may compliment these strategies, improve them and to collaborate with international investigators to do all we can to improve outcomes.”
RUN DIPG has set a goal of raising $50,000 with its RUN DIPG DIVE INTO THE PONS event at Merewether Baths and Dr Dun has urged Hunter businesses to jump aboard and show their sponsorship support.
“Your organisation’s brand will be promoted in the lead-up to the event by our team and acknowledged by our legion of supporters in Australian and abroad,” he said.
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