The Pharmacy Guild of Australia’s Ann Dalton and David Quilty participated in the walk4braincancer in Canberra over the weekend with Cure Brain Cancer Foundation campaign manager Jhaike Braham.
Last month Guild national president George Tambassis appealed to pharmacies to create awareness around brain cancer by supporting the walks.
The Pharmacy Guild of Australia charity partner, Cure Brain Cancer Foundation, set up the walks nationally in late October and November to raise awareness and funds for cancer research.
Dalton wrote about her own experience with brain cancer on the Cure Brain Cancer website.
“What makes my story a little unusual is that I was completely unaware that I had a brain tumour as I sat in a work meeting on 21 January 2015 with the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation to discuss how the Pharmacy Guild of Australia (where I am the Group Executive Engagement & Advocacy, although currently on sick leave) could partner to raise awareness of brain cancer and funds for Cure Brain Cancer though the strong network of pharmacies across Australia,” she wrote.
“The meeting was very productive and resulted in a number of joint initiatives, including an official and active partnership between the Pharmacy Guild and Cure Brain Cancer.
“The partnership was launched in March 2015 with the Guild’s National President George Tambassis jumping out of a plane and raising $10,000, the Pharmacy Guild and members promoting and participating in Walk4BrainCancer, with more activities planned.
“As I sat in this meeting, I was certainly unaware of the malignant glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) I had growing in the occipital lobe of my brain—possibly over the past 8-10 weeks!
“Nor did I detect, feel or show any real signs or symptoms, except for some slight spacial awareness and being unusually a little flustered with some routine work procedures that I had performed over the 15 years.”
Within two weeks Dalton went from being a brain cancer patron to a brain cancer patient.
“Later this month I commence my final round (hopefully!) of chemotherapy treatment. I hope and pray that the surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, a very healthy diet, green smoothies, limiting sugar, processed food and red meat, getting regular exercise, yoga practice and taking relevant complementary supplements will all do their bit to cure me of brain cancer.”
To donate or sign up, visit Walk4braincancer here.