Last year a group of 19 women hiked Milford Track in New Zealand’s wild Fiordland for our first HIKE DIPG annual fundraising hike. We raised an incredible $58,000 for DIPG research. But our quest isn’t over! This year we are heading to Europe to complete a 170km hike; Tour Du Mont Blanc. We will hike through the French, Italian and Swiss Alps, ascending more vertical feet than Mount Everest!!
In February of 2018, our friends Matt & Phoebe Dun, were thrown into every parents worst nightmare. Their beautiful daughter Josie, just 2 years old at the time, likely had only months to live. Josie was diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), a highly aggressive and fatal brain cancer. Josie’s parents are unique. Matt is a cancer researcher with the Hunter Medical Research Institute and the University of Newcastle, who at the time of Josie’s diagnosis was researching childhood Leukemia. Josie’s Mum, a respected GP. With Phoebe’s incredible strength and support, Matt started developing his own research program through HMRI. Focusing on investigating ways to predict DIPG progression (in its early stages) as well as testing new drug therapies with the aim of improving survival. To date Matts cancer research expertise centre on his unique ability to sequence (identify) proteins. Proteins, which are the targets for most drugs used to treat cancer. He will use this expertise with the aim of establishing new therapies for children with DIPG.
Our hearts broke for Matt & Phoebe when they lost their beautiful Josie to DIPG late last year. The tireless effort by #DunLab bought Matt & Phoebe precious time with their daughter. But their fight isn’t over. We need to work together to #ENDDIPG and stop this relentless disease from taking more lives. But research costs money! That is how you can help. Please show your by giving generously.