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Rylee was only 16 months old when she was diagnosed with brain cancer.

Every extra birthday means Rylee is another year closer to the longed-for ‘all clear’ diagnosis that she and her family are desperate for.

Rylee’s already had every treatment available to her. Not all of them were kind.

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Research will give children affected by cancer, like little Rylee, more birthdays.

“She went through four months of chemotherapy,” 

“She had three brain surgeries. She had a shunt put into her head. She had about 30 sessions of radiation. And all this was done before she was three.”

“When they took the tumour out it affected a major nerve area that affected her like people that have a stroke,

- Rylee's mum, Nikki

Today, as a result of complex surgeries, Rylee has haemoplegia, or partial paralysis, that affects certain muscles on one side of her body.

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Rylee and her mum Nikki shouldn't have to worry about their time together running out.

In Australia, brain cancer is the leading cause of death for children. The most common childhood brain cancer is called medulloblastoma, and up to 40% of children with this high-risk disease will die.

“For the first few years, every sign, every symptom, you say to yourself, ‘Oh my God, what's that? Is that the cancer coming back?’"

“And if the cancer does come back, there’s not much the doctors can do to help unless there are new treatments available by then.”

- Nikki

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Donate now, so more children facing cancer can have a life free from fear.

Many children with these devastating brain cancers will succumb to the disease within a few years of diagnosis.

That’s why the work of Associate Professor David Ziegler is so critically important.

A/Professor Ziegler and his team recently discovered that a specific molecular pathway is overactive in aggressive childhood brain cancer. Further lab testing by the team has shown this molecular pathway is a promising treatment target.

The results from this project will lead directly to new clinical trials where we aim to offer new hope for children with the most aggressive brain cancers."
-Assoc. Prof. David Ziegler

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