WHEN Mally McCormack lost her nephew Jock Perkins to brain cancer last year, she was devastated.
Tragically, the former TAS student succumbed to the insidious disease at the tender age of 21.
Spurred on by her loss, the group fitness instructor and her SportUNE work colleagues have been busily raising funds to find a cure for the more than 1000 brain diseases and disorders that exist.
“Jock faced his disease with courage, humour and a determination to beat it,” Ms McCormack said.
“He didn’t lose hope, still looking for a possible cure, which tragically didn’t happen for him.
“However, the search continues and so far we have raised over $2000 to support this very worthy cause.”
As we head into Brain Awareness Week next week it is worth noting more than 25 per cent of the population will experience a brain disorder at some time in their life.
However brain cancer research has a proportionately lower level of funding than other cancers.
Last weekend SportUNE’s Kathie Hunt, Ariane Mazzei and Leanne Bell competed in the Olympic distance triathlon at Coffs Harbour to help
raise funds for the Cure for Life Foundation, an organisation founded by world renowned neurosurgeon, Dr Charlie Teo in 2001.
The women swam, cycled and ran 50 kilometres to finish sixth overall in the women’s team event.
“I thoroughly enjoyed the event and although the training was quite intense, it was all worthwhile knowing we were raising funds for such a wonderful cause,” Ms Mazzei said.
If you would like to show your support for the SportUNE team, donations can be made up until the end of March at the team’s hero page: htpps//give.everyday.hero.com.au/sportune – and also at the front desk at SportUNE.