Cancer Researcher Fighting For Cure After His Daughter Was Diagnosed With Brain Cancer
When you work in cancer research, you know that there are millions of people around the world who are hoping your studies will help them or someone they love.
But imagine as you're trying to find a cure, you find out that your four-year-old daughter has brain cancer.
That's the reality facing Aussie cancer scientist Dr Matt Dun who's now battling extra hard for Josie, who's been diagnosed with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG), an aggressive type of cancer that typically affects young kids.
It kills up to 20 children in Australia every year, according to Channel 7 and the survival rate isn't good.
Speaking to the Sydney Morning Herald, Dr Dun said: "The average survival is about 10 months.
"That means that half the kids who get it will live less than that. About 10 per cent of kids with DIPG live for two years, and 1 per cent of kids live for five years.
"My team of researchers all see the power of what they are doing, and the potential of what they are doing.
"They are working hard, and getting good results. I just need to make sure they have the funding to continue to unravel whatever they are looking into, whether it's glioma or leukaemia."
Dr Dun is now working to get clinical trials off the ground, which he admits costs a hell of a lot of money.
He's set up a GoFundMe to help raise some much needed cash that will go towards hopefully finding a cure for Josie.
"Like any parent, if such therapy becomes available in time for Josie, we would give anything to get it for our girl," he wrote on the fundraising page.
The cancer scientist adds that Josie has already endured so much as a four-year-old.
"To date, Josie has undergone more than 50 general anaesthetics, 30 doses of radiation therapy to her brainstem, seven surgeries and numerous other violations to her precious little body," he said.
"Phoebe and I feel somewhat afraid, and at times overwhelmed, at what lies ahead. I know we are both doing our best to remain focused on what we need to do to provide Josie with the best care and quality of life possible."
Donating to Dr Dun's research could mean the difference between a child's life or death.
Featured Image Credit: Matt Dun