Around 1700 people are diagnosed with brain cancer in Australia annually and approximately 1200 die from the disease every year.
Brain cancer kills more children in Australia than any other disease and more people under 40 than any other cancer.
There were 154 deaths from brain cancer between 2011 and 2015, compared to 122 deaths from leukaemia and just 47 from heart disease.
Cure Brain Cancer Foundation is dedicated to accelerating the development of new treatments to increase five-year survival from the current 20 per cent to 50 per cent by 2023.
That’s one very good reason to take a walk this Sunday.
Join Kate Mitrovski who’s dad Stojan was diagnosed with a brain tumour at the age of 34.
He died 12 months after having surgery and left a wife and three young children.
More than 25 years on, and Ms Mitrovski feels there’s been very few advancements in finding a cure and not enough funds being dedicated to research and raising awareness.
She hopes people will join her in the walk at Beaton Park Leisure Centre to not only pay respects to all the victims, but make a difference in the fight against the disease.
As the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation points out, brain cancer survival rates are low and have hardly changed for 30 years.
That’s despite significant increases in survival for Australians diagnosed with other types of cancer, such as prostate and breast cancer.
Treatment is challenging because it affects our most vital organ.
Brain cancer costs more per person than any other cancer, yet only receives a small fraction of federal government cancer research funding.
Every small step is a step in the right direction.
So let’s take a stand and support Mrs Mitrovski and all those who have suffered the loss of a loved one to this horrid cancer that has a survival rate of just one per cent.