ANTHONY 'ROCKY BALBOA' MAZZONE - JOIN THE FIGHT AGAINST BRAIN CANCER
Fifty-one year-old Anthony Mazzone has lost his battle with brain cancer, but the fight he started against brain cancer will live on.
In December 2016, Anthony was diagnosed with a brain tumour. In the space of a week, his symptoms went from headaches to left sided weakness, before doctors broke the news that he had glioblastoma – a deadly form of brain cancer with low survival rates within months after diagnosis.
The effects of the aggressive cancer were devastating and his decline was rapid, from a successful corporate career to being wheelchair bound and paralysed within months. Anthony's fight sadly ended on 8 May 2017.
Speaking to Flinders Foundation in April 2017, Anthony said “I’m just like Rocky Balboa, I’m going to keep on swinging and I won’t give up without a fight."
For Anthony and wife Jill, how this happened and why it happened to them will remain a mystery.
Bravely and inspiringly, Anthony was not prepared to give up after the fatal diagnosis. While he was 'on the ropes', his focus remained on how he could help others in the future until his final moments.
Now Jill is working with Flinders Foundation to honour Anthony's legacy. HIs story will inspire others to find the answers Anthony was looking for and to discover a cure for this deadly disease.
Together, Jill and Flinders Foundation will ensure that Anthony is not forgotten, focussing on raising funds for research which utilises the SA Brain and Neurological Tumour Bank at Flinders - the only facility of its kind in South Australia - that could hold the answers about brain cancer and offer hope to people in Anthony's situation.
Anthony's final wish was for his own brain and tumour tissue to be donated to this important facility. Now funding is needed to support vital research, looking at ways to intervene earlier and prevent deadly brain cancers.
You can help uncover the mysteries of brain cancer by donating now.
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Latest Events and Challenges
HELP US IMPROVE THE LIVES OF AT-RISK-CHILDREN
The Flinders Foundation Ladies Luncheon in honour of Karen Fitzgerald will be a fun afternoon hosted by Amanda Blair where you can join friends in a delicious lunch; a fashion parade by Miss Gladys sym Choon; and have the opportunity to bid on some great silent auction items. Your ticket price includes a glass of sparkling on arrival, course lunch and a dessert cocktail.
The proceeds from the Ladies Luncheon will be directed to the Child Protection Service at Flinders Medical Centre, which is a vital service supporting vulnerable children at-risk across South Australia. Help us improve the lives of children affected by abuse and neglect.
Christmas Appeal 2016
This year when Liz (pictured above) spends her Christmas with her husband, Steven, amd her three growing boys - Ross, who's 9, Lewis, who's 13 and 14-year-old Nicholas - she will do so buoyed by the hope for what the new year's research on neuroconditions, like Multiple Sclerosis (MS) can bring.
When she was pregnant with Ross, Liz was diagnosed with MS, and overnight, her life changed. She went from being an active Mum, to facing a very uncertain future.
As her energy and coordination decline and fade, Liz knows it's only going to get more difficult as the disease progresses. "If MS doesn't kill you, being more susceptible to flu and other illnesses will."
Research is Liz's only hope of surviving MS and having a better quality of life.
"People with neurological conditions can have awful lives, stuck in wheelchairs wehre they have no quality of life. If we could actually find better treatments and a cure, then people can live a fantastic life - but it is not going to happen if we can't pay for the research," she explains.
Just lik Liz, there are thousands of people living with a range of neurological and mental health conditions, - including Parkinson's Disease, Alzheimers Disease, Multiple Sclerosis and Motor Neuron Disease - there is no cure, there are minimal treatment options, and the causes remain unknown.
We're asking you to help change the future for people like Liz. By making a donation this Christmas, you will give the gift of real hope to thousands living debilitating and life-threatening neurological diseases.
With an increased life expectancy and an ageing population, it has never been more important to increase our research effort into studying diseases of the central nervous system, so that we may understand the cause, develop effective treatments and reduce the incidence of such diseases. The availability of banked tissue to enable this research is vital. For more information about the donor program contact the Centre for Neuroscience at Flinders University on (08) 8204 4393 or email Rebecca.Ormsby@flinders.edu.au
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