It’s been almost a year since Carrie Bickmore made headlines by donning a beanie at the Logies.
It wasn’t a fashion statement – The Project host used her Gold Logie win to draw attention to the need for greater awareness and funding to treat brain cancer, the disease responsible for killing her husband Greg Lange in 2010.
The speech encouraged a social media movement, #Beanies4BrainCancer and a few months later, Bickmore launched a brain cancer awareness foundation of the same name.
Now, the foundation has just hit a major milestone, donating $250,000 to the Royal Melbourne Hospital Neuroscience Foundation, news Bickmore proudly shared on Instagram.
This is a long message but please read to the end. This week I am proud to announce we made our first grant of 250K to brain cancer research thanks to money raised from Carriesbeanies4braincancer. It is going to the Royal Melbourne Hospital Neuroscience Foundation who are working on a blood test for brain cancer. Brain cancer kills 8 out of 10 people within 5 years of diagnosis. The wonderful man in this photo is Jeremie. He was a brain cancer sufferer who came to Brainbeats with his wife Sarah. 2 months later…in February… Jeremie passed away. He was just 26. That is why we need to help find a way to battle this disease effectively. For people like Jeremie. So far we have raised 460 thousand but we still have a long way to go to reach my goal of 1 million dollars, but I wanted to say Thankyou for your support so far and if you think you can help go to carriesbeanies4braincancer.com xxxxx
Alongside the news Bickmore shared the story of Jeremie, a 26 year old man who lost his battle with brain cancer in February.
Currently the only way of diagnosing and monitoring brain cancer tumours is through MRI, which has limitations in giving doctors information about what is happening in the cells within the tumour.
The $250,000 grant will go towards a project to develop a simple and cheap blood test to diagnose brain cancer, that experts describe as a ‘game changer’. (Watch: Carrie Bickmore announced the milestone on The Project. Post continues after video.)