Cure For Life Foundation is the largest fundraiser for brain cancer research in Australia. Established in 2001 by world-renowned neurosurgeon Dr Charlie Teo, Cure For Life Foundation is driving brain cancer awareness in Australia and funding innovative research initiatives.
What we are determined to achieve
To accelerate the development of new treatments for brain cancer, facilitate early access for patients and significantly increase 5-year survival within the next 10 years.
How we will succeed
At Cure For Life we aim to radically accelerate treatments through:
Increasing collaboration across disciplines, teams and borders
We are leveraging discoveries made in areas that share common problems: other cancers, neuroscience, genomics, bioinformatics, epidemiology, immunology and nanotechnology.
We support the Brain Cancer Discovery Collaborative, which facilitates collective research projects and exchange of data and creates a centre of excellence across Australia.
We have established the Global Brain Exchange (GBX) – a major initiative that connects multiple stakeholders in Australasia, North and South America, and Europe to harness the power of collective knowledge, resources, energy and focus.
Where we find treatments for other diseases that are based on biomarkers common to brain cancer, we are fast-tracking research into their potential to treat brain cancer. This ‘leapfrogs’ the traditional research pathway.
Leapfrogging not only radically reduces the time frame for treatments, but also significantly reduces costs so that funds can be re-targeted to projects with high potential for major contributions to critical knowledge gaps and improved patient outcomes.
We are supporting clinicians and researchers to generate patient-specific tumour genomic profiling and facilitate early targeted treatment.
What makes us different
We are challenging the norm. We are not prepared to accept the status quo. Our question is not ‘why’ but ‘why not’. We encourage lateral thinking, collaboration and open science. We are taking more risks and expecting greater rewards. Our compassion is fierce.
An origami crane was chosen as the symbol for the Foundation because in Japanese legend it represents; longevity and good fortune. With your help, the Foundation can help make these things possible for people suffering from brain cancer. Click here for instructions to make your own origami crane.
Message from Dr Charlie Teo
"People continue to believe that cancer is a disease that strikes as you get older. I saw 23 patients last week. 20 were diagnosed with malignant brain cancer. Eight of those diagnosed were under 16 years old. We need to change the statistics on brain cancer survivorship. We need significant funds injected now into research to reduce brain cancer related deaths".
"There is no known cure for brain cancer, yet it has the greatest impact on society of all the cancers."