Perth, 9 June 2018
In support of the Charlie Teo Foundation
We are excited to announce the 2018 Brain Cancer Research Gala Ball.
Our event last year, the Paper Crane Gala Ball was a sell-out success, and raised $101,000 for brain cancer research. Due to the huge success of last year's event, we are pleased to announce that we are running this event again 9 June 2018 as a bigger and better event at the brand new Optus Stadium!
We are currently looking for event sponsors and raffle donations – please head to the Contact section if you would like us to give you more information.
Tickets will be on sale soon – you can register your interest in the Contact section.
We look forward to seeing you there!
In 2012, Benjamin McCracken and his fiancé Maddy went to bed on a Saturday night, with plans to go to Sunday brunch the following morning. They never made it to brunch. Instead, Maddy woke up to Ben having a seizure next to her. As a fit 23 year old, there was no warning that anything sinister was going on. Later that day, Ben was diagnosed with a grade 2 oligoastrocytoma, a type of glioma tumour (the most common form of brain cancer) and that it is almost always fatal.
Ben was a fundraising champion in Perth, raising over $100,000 for research in the annual HBF Run for a Reason. During his battle to survive, Ben undertook 35 rounds of radiation therapy, 17 rounds of chemotherapy, underwent a risky clinical trial and had four incredibly risky brain surgeries. Devastatingly, Ben passed away on 1 December 2015.
Maddy made a promise to Ben that she would never give up. Maddy and all of Ben’s friends and family feel a responsibility to stop this nightmare from becoming someone else’s reality. We all owe it to the people like Ben, who worked tirelessly to change the reality of this disease, not to give up on a day where this story could have been a different one.
Ben’s story is not unique. Brain cancer is an horrific disease that kills more children in Australia than any other disease and more people under 40 than any other cancer. So many people are affected by brain cancer. This year we are organising the Brain Cancer Research Gala Ball so that we can do our little part to give a person with brain cancer a greater chance at a future.
About Brain Cancer
Brain cancer is indiscriminate. It strikes a person down in the prime of their life, usually with no warning signs and no risk factors. These are the harsh statistics:
Relative five-year survival rates for brain cancer have hardly changed for 30 years, increasing less than 2% between the periods of 1982-1987 and 2007-2011.
Where Your Money Goes
All funds raised at the Brain Cancer Research Gala Ball will go directly to funding research, via the Charlie Teo Foundation. The Charlie Teo Foundation was formed to fund promising and innovative research, efficiently and more transparently. Your money will go directly to where it is truly needed – on finding a cure for brain cancer.
Everything you need to know for 9 June 2018
The ball is located in the Riverview Rooms at Optus Stadium.
The event will commence at 7.00pm for pre-dinner drinks on the Champions Terrace before heading into the Riverview Rooms and will conclude at 12.00am. The entry will open from 6:45pm. Please follow the staff directions and signage to the Riverview Rooms.
A taxi drop off point is located within Marlee Loop, off Victoria Park Drive.
Car parking is available within the Camfield car park and the Bus Station. To access parking, enter Roger Mackay Drive, off Victoria Park Drive, turn right at the roundabout and enter the Bus Station. Parking is available here or take the first left to enter the Camfield car park.
Please note that parking surrounding the stadium is not subject to availability and not guaranteed.
Enter through Gate D and up to the Level 1 external concourse via the lift or staircase. Follow the concourse to the left and enter through Western Entrance 7 or 8. Once inside the Stadium make a right turn, follow the internal concourse and take another right turn towards lifts, escalators or staircase and up to Level 3.
Through the foyer and through River View Room 1 or 2 entry points.
The dress code for the evening is black tie/formal.
We hope you enjoy it!