We are excited to announce the 2019 Brain Cancer Research Gala Ball.
Last year's ball was a sell-out success, and raised over $249,000.00 for brain cancer research! In addition to our fundraising total, the Minderoo Foundation made an incredibly generous $200,000 donation to the Charlie Teo Foundation!!
Due to the huge success of last year's event, we are pleased to announce that we are running this event again on 2 November 2019 as a bigger and better event at Crown Perth!
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.
We look forward to seeing you there!
In 2012, Benjamin McCracken went to bed on a Saturday night, with plans to go to Sunday brunch the following morning. But he never made it to brunch. Instead, Ben's fiancé Maddy woke up to Ben having a seizure next to her. As a fit and healthy 23 year old, there was no warning that anything sinister was going on. But brain cancer is indiscriminate, and it strikes a person down in the prime of their life, usually with no warning signs or risk factors. Ben was diagnosed with a glioma tumour, which is the most common form of brain cancer, and is almost always fatal.
Ben fought every day of his illness to save his own life, and a big part of that was raising money to help fund research. 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, endured nearly 2 years of chemotherapy, underwent a clinical trial and had four incredibly risky brain surgeries. Ben’s attitude, bravery and drive, meant that with every relapse, and every new course of treatment and it’s matching set of horrifying side effects, Ben thrived, and enjoyed life, despite all of the odds being stacked against him.
But Ben’s battle was one that was never able to be won. Devastatingly, Ben passed away on 1 December 2015. Ben never gave up hope that there would be a day where the prognosis for those diagnosed with brain cancer was brighter, and Maddy made a promise to Ben that she would never give up either. 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 sadly not unique. Brain cancer is a 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. We run 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.
I know that there will come a day in the future where I will meet someone just like Ben, who has just been diagnosed with brain cancer, and as my heart begins to break for them, I will stop and realise that there are effective treatments for brain cancer, and their story will be different, because of the wonderful people who devote their lives to research.
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.
Our Generous Sponsors
We are so fortunate to have the generous support of our wonderful sponsors in 2019!
A massive thanks to our major 2019 sponsors, Saracen Estates, Gina Rineheart and Security Capital Australia
Events like the Brain Cancer Research Gala Ball are not possible without this sort of generous sponsorship and we are so grateful for the continued support.