16 women are coming together to hike New Zealand’s iconic Milford Track, we are doing this to raise money and awareness for RUNDIPG. Over 5 days we will endure rain, wind and possibly even snow, as we hike 54km through Fiordland.
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, a few years at most. 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, 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.
Research costs money! That is how you can help. Please give generously to help #ENDDIPG and give families, like the Dun’s, hope.