1600 Australians are diagnosed with brain cancer every year. It kills more children than any other disease in Australia and more people under 40 than any other cancer.
Lucie Leonard, a former Barker student, was 34 when she lost her seven year battle with brain cancer. Her mother, Robyn Leonard quickly became a passionate advocate for brain cancer research and was instrumental in the establishment of Brain Cancer BioBanking Australia.
Brain Cancer Biobanking Australia (BCBA) is a virtual biobank hub established to provide researchers easy access to the amount, quality and type of tissue and associated data they need to accelerate both paediatric and adult translational brain cancer research.
Australia will be the only country in the world to coordinate the tissue for the Biobank.
To celebrate what would have been Lucie’s 40th birthday, friends, former Barker students and four Barker teachers will come together to participate in a 250km fundraising bike ride commencing at Barker College and finishing in the Hunter Valley.
Barker Music teacher and Director of the Barker Institute, Dr Brad Merrick, said, “As a Barker teacher and parent, it is wonderful to contribute to such an important event which honours an ex-student. I hope that the two day journey will raise significant money to assist in finding a cure for Brain Cancer.”
History teacher, Evan Snow, said there were so many reasons why he was excited about supporting this truly worthy cause. “The inspiration for this event, Lucie, was a friend of mine from the Barker Class of ‘95 and I’m pleased to be able to join together with my classmates to do something to honour her memory.”
To support the research for brain cancer follow this link to donate - https://www.bikerideforbraincancer.com.au/fundraisers/Barker-College
Ross Bowles is a brain cancer survivor and will be riding with the Barker team to support more research through Brain Cancer Biobanking Australia. His story is here https://www.sbs.com.au/cyclingcentral/video/1161089091545