Body & Soul 24/& Gym is proud to be working along side:
The Red Gala Ball to be held in honour of the late Sue Cornish in July.
I never knew Sue however I have heard lots of lovely stories about her strengths,her favourite colour red and her courageous battle with a disease that takes the lives of many each day.
My role and my clubs role is not one of recognition but one of awareness, brain tumours take the lives of more children than any other disease. Brain tumours receive less funding than any other disease and in some cases none. Brain tumours can cancel out a persons life in a season.
In 2016 I was tagged in a post on social media by Elise Steenhuis the post asked for assistance in displaying posters for an event called The Red Gala Ball. I read a little further and noticed it was to raise funds for brain cancer awareness and research. I messaged the ladies and jumped on board. In 2013 I myself was diagnosed with a benign brain tumour and like us all when we are told we have a health issue I became the stalker of research. Sadly there’s really not been a lot accomplished in the last decade, this is because of a lack of funds. Yes, we have Dr.Charlie Teo and we have Carrie Bickmore fighting for us but who else? Lack of funds from donations and lack of funds from our government have left us to totally rely on outside sources. In a video I placed up on social media I asked the then Prime Minister Tony Abbott why we don’t get funding. Is it because the survival rate is low and dead people can’t vote. Mr. Abbott didn’t call me back and the survival rate is still low.
In my lifetime we won’t find a cure but we can lay the foundation now for a better future so that moving forward the next generation of brain tumour patients can have better choices to make with longer survival rates. I hope we can bring awareness and research to brain tumours just like The McGrath Foundation did for breast cancer.
I consider myself one of the lucky ones, I still have the power to make an impact not only through raising public awareness for research but to also educate people on the importance of health, diet and exercise through my own business. Had I not been fit and healthy I would have found out too late and surgery would have been my only option. I opt no surgery.
Lets be grateful that we have been giving this option to make a difference , big or small.
Brain Tumours Are Not Rumours They Need Funding Too.
Mel Tempest is the owner of Body&Soul 24/7 Health and Fitness Studio. Established in 2003 and located at 950 Humffray Street South. She is also an ambassador for The Brain Tumour Alliance Australia.