Isabella and Marcus lost their lives to a little known brain tumour called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG). This tumour occurs in the brainstem, most frequently in children between the ages of 5 and 9 and offers no prospect of long term survival. Most children die within a year of diagnosis.
Research has improved the prognosis of many children’s cancers but there has been no progress in the treatment of DIPG in the last 30 years. The only treatment available is radiotherapy, which prolongs life by months if the tumour is responsive. Brain tumours are now the leading cause of cancer deaths in children in Australia and DIPG is the most dangerous and least understood.
To fund Australian research into paediatric brainstem tumours with a focus on DIPG.
To establish research laboratories in Australia that will seek to understand the cause of DIPG and develop novel treatments for testing in clinical trials.
Isabella’s and Marcus’ families were brought together by their tragedies. They are like-minded in their pursuit to extend the lives of children diagnosed with brainstem tumours and ultimately to find a cure.
2016 Classic Car Show
Thanks to the classic car community for showcasing over vehicles at the 6th Isabella and Marcus Fund Classic Car Day on March 6th 2016. For the first time trucks were also a part of a show. Thanks to our many sponsors and volunteers who made this event possible. One of the attendees prepared a great video of the day.
November 14th 2015
Thank-you to the many participants who not only challenged themselves but raised money for DIPG research. Your efforts will provide a 3rd PhD scholarship that will be offered to the University of NSW and the Children's Cancer Institute of Australia. We also thank the many volunteers who assisted on the day and offer our gratitude to The Upstream Foundation who selected The Isabella and Marcus Fund as a beneficiary for the third year in a row. Picture below: Team Gem members Amanda and Lily with IMF researcher Dr Jason Cain.
In 2014 Rob & Khush, Isabella's parents climbed Africa's tallest mountain to raise money to continue funding existing research projects. Thank-you to all our sponsors.
The charity provided research grants to the following scientists in 2014-15:
- Associate Professor Jeffrey Mann, Monash University,
- Dr Jason Cain, The Hudson Institute,
- Dr Lee Wong, Monash University, and
- Professor Peter Rogers, University of Melbourne
NBA player for the Golden State Warriors. No 1 NBA draft pick in 2005
Thank-you to Darren Harrison, Franchisee, for his continued support of The Isabella and Marcus Fund
Thank-you to Glenn Callaway. We look forward to working together
Kids Dream Day
The ‘Kids Dream Day’ program seeks to raise awareness of brainstem tumours in children amongst the school community. Victorian schools are encouraged to participate.
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