Fighting brain cancer: Day for Derek
Derek was only 32 when he lost his battle with brain cancer. Unfortunately Derek’s family is not alone when it comes to this dreadful disease.
Each year around 1,200 Australians are diagnosed with brain cancer, that’s one person every 7 hours. Brain cancer takes the lives of more children than any other disease and more people under 40 than any other cancer, yet the survival rate has barely increased in 30 years.
In 2017, four years after Derek was taken, Derek’s family held the very first Day for Derek, to raise vital funds for brain cancer research. That year the Day for Derek, with the amazing commitment from the Gloucester community, raised over $26,000 for the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation.
This year the Day for Derek is proudly supporting the Charlie Teo Foundation, pioneers in brain cancer research, to hopefully uncover better treatments and eventually find a cure.
Derek’s family are opening the doors of the National Trust listed, Airlie Homestead on Saturday 6th July 2019 from 10am for the Day for Derek. It is a special place for the family as this is where Derek spent the last 3 months of his short life.
Come and be part of this incredible day. Activities include Airlie Homestead and grounds tours, antiques appraisal, helicopter scenic flights, Devonshire teas, bespoke stalls, traditional spit roast, animal nursery, duck races, face painting, whip cracking, guessing competitions and much, much more.