Flinders Medical Centre Foundation
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Friday, 29 November 2013 00:00

November 30 (Adelaide): The Lightsview Ride to Conquer Cancer announced 435 Riders helped raised over $1.6 million for the Flinders Medical Centre Foundation as the first annual Ride commenced Saturday in Adelaide. Funds raised through Australia’s largest fundraising event series support more than 100 investigators housed in the Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer in Adelaide.


“We send out thanks and gratitude to this incredible community of riders, the hundreds of crew and volunteers here today and all those who generously donated this year to help make our inaugural Lightsview Ride to Conquer Cancer a remarkable success for cancer research in at Flinders,” said Professor Ross McKinnon, Director of Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer.


“One in two Australian men and one in three Australian women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. As South Australia’s leading cancer care and research facility, these vital funds will power our world-leading cancer and clinician researchers to develop and translate solutions for early intervention, prevention and treatment of cancers while also supporting the very best in compassionate cancer care,” Professor McKinnon added.


In three years, The Ride raised over $45 million for cancer research, treatment and care programs across Australia. The annual two-day, 200km journey from Adelaide to the Barossa Valley and back draws hundreds of participants and brings together communities of survivors, cyclists and supporters who train and fundraise for months in order to participate.


“In 1996 my wife Marietta passed away from a brain tumour leaving me to raise a young family with the youngest only 2 years old,” said first-year rider John Solagna of Klemzig.


“A few years later I met Anna and she joined my family. Then, in 2010 Anna was diagnosed with bowel cancer and passed away 15 months later. I can still recall the anger, despair, fear and despite all my efforts could only stand by and watch as cancer took their lives away in front of my eyes. I am riding so that one day hopefully in the not too distant future, the words ‘Death by Cancer’ will no longer be written on a death certificate,” Mr Solagna added.


Ride organisers announced the second annual Lightsview Ride to Conquer Cancer in South Australia will take place on November 29 & 30, 2014 and registration has commenced.


“We invite everyone here today and all South Australians to join us next year for our second annual Lightsview Ride to Conquer Cancer,” said Professor McKinnon.


“To register, stop by the 2014 registration tent, visit conquercancer.org.au or phone 1300 34 RIDE,” Professor McKinnon concluded.


To register, donate or access more information, visit or phone http://www.conquercancer.org.au or phone 1300 34 RIDE (7433).


Ride organizers expect hundreds of people to attend public cheering stations along the route. For a map of The Ride route, visit www.conquercancer.org.au.


Gorgeous Festival Supports Eating Disorders

Monday, 11 November 2013 12:47

The 2013 Gorgeous Festival, held at Serafino Winery in the McLaren Vale, is supporting the Flinders Medical Centre Foundation's drive to enhance services for young people with eating disorders.


Festival goers can 'join the daisy chain' and either make a donation or purchase a daisy headband, bracelet or pin to wear at the event and show their support for individuals suffering from life-threatening eating disorders.


Funds raised will go towards preventative and supportive care as well dedicated research into the disease at Flinders.


Find out more about the Gorgeous Festival here, or alternatively you can join the daisy chain and purchase daisy merchandise by visiting the daisy chain website.



Monday, 11 November 2013 11:05

After celebrating its 30th anniversary earlier this year, the Eye Bank of South Australia at Flinders Medical Centre is marking another major milestone - its 3000th donated cornea.


Margaret Philpott, who has been the Eye Bank's Coordinator since 1997, said reaching 3,000 donated corneas was a "proud' moment in the service's long history.


She said the demonstrated public support for the service meant that potential transplant recipients could be confident they "won't have long to wait".


The 3000th donated cornea will be used for research purposes, helping researchers to understand graft rejection, the disease process in congenital cataracts, Fuchs' endothelial dystrophy and glaucoma.


"Research is vitally important for gathering information so that existing problems can be solved," Margaret said.


"Research into eye disease requires the generosity of donor families, time, effort, money and a focus to understand more about these conditions to find interventions and treatments.


"In the Eye Bank we have a golden opportunity to assist in improving the quality of life of the next generation and donor families are also enthusiastic about this opportunity."


The first known cornea transplant occurred in 1905 in Moravia - now the Czech Republic. The procedure became more common following World War II, with a number of eye banks being set up across the globe.


The Eye Bank of South Australia was the first service of its type in Australia. There are now five eye banks across the country.


Margaret said almost anyone can donate their eyes, regardless of age, sex, race, or previous physical condition. Wearing glasses or poor vision does not prevent eye donation.


"We are proud to be part of a life changing event experienced by so many South Australians, which is only made possible by the generosity of people who make such an important decision to donate and the families who uphold those wishes," Margaret said.


Anyone interested in organ and tissue donation should visit the donate life website and sign up to the donor register.


For more information about cornea donation please contact Margaret on (08) 8204 4928 or email her here.


To make a monetary donation to support the work of the eye bank or to support ophthalmology research click here.



Monday, 11 November 2013 10:52

We are pleased to announce the 2013pinkyellowblueball was a resounding success, thanks to principal partner Aussie Glenelg and our countless supporters.


The show-stopping Broadway theme provided plenty of entertainment before the dancing got underway, thanks to Jo Casson from Ding Productions who assembled a talented cast of South Australian performers who had toured musical theatre nationally and internationally.


More than 60 costumes were showcased as the cast, including the child stars of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Piper Horner and Finn Green, performed songs from musicals including West Side Story, Hairspray, Pirates of Penzance, We Will Rock You and Rocky Horror Picture Show.


The night was introduced by the Pembroke School Choir singing 'Do you hear the people sing' as they placed beautiful lantern centrepieces onto each table which were for sale for $50. The centrepieces quickly sold out, but can now be ordered online here.


Our headline performer, Australia's leading lady of musical theatre Marina Prior, charmed guests as she showcased her magnificent voice with excerpts from her career in music theatre spanning thirty years.


The main auction captured the imagination of guests with a collection of money-can't-buy items and experiences. Top sellers included an Anna Platten original, a 50 per cent share in a promising young racehorse, and a magnificent South African safari adventure.


Toyota donated a Yaris as first prize in our major raffle, which was won by regular pinkyellowblueball attendee and father of six Andy Galpin.


Principal partner Jamie Lowden from Aussie Glenelg also surprised one lucky guest when David Bonetti's name was drawn in the free raffle to win $5,000.


To view photos from the event please visit our Facebook page.



Monday, 14 October 2013 08:58

When 27-year-old mother of two Kiki van de Laar noticed a lump in her left breast in early January, she assumed it was a cyst and thought nothing of it.


Just weeks after telling her GP about the lump, Kiki was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer and subsequently underwent surgery to have her left breast removed.


The Flinders Medical Centre patient, who is a professional photographer, decided to document her battle against breast cancer in photographs, bringing her camera along to appointments, scans and even surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy.


"When I first heard the news I was shocked," Kiki, of Huntfield Heights, said.


"I wondered why this was happening to me. I am only 27 years old, I have breastfed both of my children and there seems to be no history of breast cancer in my family.


"I was scared but I felt strong too - I knew I would do anything I could to deal with this as I have so much to live for."


Kiki recently released her book 'Courage through a lens - A breast cancer journey' online as an eBook. She hopes the book will strip away some of the fear for men and women facing a similar battle.


"I aim to be an inspiration to other women and help them because I am showing them through my lens what this journey exactly looks like, all the steps of the way.


"So many stories have been written, but the scary bit is the unknown and I want to break through that.


"As a professional photographer I have the gift to capture memories and I have captured all the steps of my journey in a realistic, natural way with style without the drama."


Kiki has recently completed intensive rounds of chemotherapy and radiotherapy. She is also planning to have her right breast removed as a preventative measure.


She said medical and nursing staff at the hospital had been happy to help with her book.


"I took my camera to all appointments/scans and they were patient with me so I could set up everything - they have been very supportive."


Kiki and her husband Rogier immigrated to Australia from the Netherlands in 2009, before having their two children Mick, 3, and Tatum, 1.


Kiki's book is available for purchase at www.kikiscourage.com for $19.99. She will donate 50 per cent of the proceeds to breast cancer research charities including the FMC Foundation.


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