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'Kayaking for Kemo Kids' paddle to aid sick children

They braved huge seas, high winds and even hit the headlines after experiencing a close shave with a shark, but the team from 'Kayaking for Kemo Kids' have returned triumphant and ready to show the fruits of their labour.

The 2001 'Kayaking for Kemo Kids' paddlers have once again succeeded in raising a major amount of money for The Children's Hospital at Westmead. Bob Glenister and his team of three paddled their way from Coolangatta to Sydney, a staggering 23 day, 1000 sea km marathon effort to raise money for children living with cancer.

The 'Kayaking for Kemo Kids' Team will hand over a cheque for $100,000 to fund cancer support and research at The Children's Hospital at Westmead on Friday 23 November at 12.30pm. Present at this function will be Patron, Benita Collings, the team of paddlers, sponsors, supporters and staff from The Children's Hospital at Westmead who will witness first-hand the important work which can be carried out as a result of the generous donation.

'Kayaking for Kemo Kids' has been Bob's vision ever since his daughter, Rebecca, suffered from leukaemia. Thankfully, Rebecca has fully recovered from cancer and is very proud of her father's achievements. "I think Dad's paddling is great work after all him and mum have gone through. Lots of nice people help Dad, who help Kemo Kids like me," she proudly said.

Over the past three years, 'Kayaking for Kemo Kids' have contributed over $300,000 to The Children's Hospital at Westmead, which has helped create the first paediatric Tumour Bank in the Southern Hemisphere. The Tumour Bank is a collection of resected tumours and biopsies as well as blood, bone marrow and Cerebral Spinal Fluid specimens donated by patients, for research scientists to study and analyse.

"Our belief is that further understanding of cancer will come from examining tumour tissue to directly pinpoint what causes the cells within the tumour to grow out of control," said Dr Dan Catchpoole, Head of the Tumour Bank.

This donation will enable researchers to take the Tumour Bank to the next level by employing Daniel Guo to work on the Microarray Technology project. The support of 'Kayaking for Kemo Kids' is vital for The Children's Hospital at Westmead to facilitate research to improve prevention, diagnosis and treatment of childhood cancer.

For all media enquiries, please contact:

Julie Stromborg
Public Relations Officer
Ph: (02) 9845 3580
Fax: (02) 9845 3567

This document was released on Monday, 19 November, 2001

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