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Ray White Double Bay, joining the fight against Brain Cancer

By Danielle Banton

If heroes existed in this day and age, the late Bill Walsh would be one of them- a man who has left an incredible legacy in the struggle against cancer.

In 1975 Bill was one of the first patients to be treated with chemotherapy when diagnosed with terminal cancer. He discovered that funds for cancer research at Royal North Shore Hospital were very low and became frustrated with the lack of hope for cancer sufferers.

As a result of Bill’s frustration, he spent the next year of his life creating awareness and raising funds for research. Bill raised almost $500,000 in the most successful Art Union of that time.

Although he never lived to see it, through his amazing generosity, the Bill Walsh Cancer Research Laboratory opened in 1980. It is housed inside the Kolling Institute of Medical Research, on the Royal North Shore Hospital campus and today, is one the leading cancer research laboratories in the world.

The Sydney Neuro Oncology Group (SNOG) has been funding brain cancer research within the Kolling Institute for a number of years. Recently, the SNOG research team joined forces with the Bill Walsh laboratory.

Recognising the need to get behind this “forgotten cancer” and with the ethos of family and community at heart, RWDB have donated an incredible machine to SNOG that will benefit cancer research enormously.

THE GENTLE MACS™ DISSOCIATOR is a bench-top instrument that enables time saving and easy dissociation of tumours and other tissue from a single solid piece into single cell suspensions.
SNOG, founded in 2000 by neurosurgeons Dr Raymond Cook and Dr Michael Biggs with medical oncologist, Assoc. Prof. Helen Wheeler, is an outstanding charity which aims to improve the management of brain tumours through research and ongoing support for patients and their families.

In fact, SNOG’s 3 pillars are Research, Education, Support and 100% of funds donated to this charity go towards those pillars. Administration is generously financed by an outside source.

Ray White Double Bay chooses its charities very carefully and has found SNOG to be a most worthy institution whose research will in time, save thousands of lives from one of Australia’s most fatal and least understood cancers.

For more information or how you can help please see below links:

http://www.snog.org.au/

http://www.bwcancerresearchlab.org.au/

http://www.kolling.usyd.edu.au/research/bill-walsh-cancer/

Above image – Recently, RWDB, represented by Daniel Pym, attended a laboratory tour and accepted a plaque of appreciation from Dr Raymond Cook, neurosurgeon, Chairman and co-founder of SNOG.
Bellow image – Dr Amanda Hudson from SNOG research showing generous donors around the SNOG laboratory

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