Our family is close, and we all knew mum hadn’t been quite herself for the past couple of months, but we weren’t exactly sure what was wrong. Mum had been a bit lethargic (which was totally out of character), and not her normal bubbly effervescent self. Quite monotone in her communication, and very self-aware of her situation and not feeling her normal self, Mum had been to a couple of different doctors, who had changed some existing medications which hadn’t helped. It wasn’t until a family lunch on Saturday, that we definitely knew something was not right with our mum. We called our dad later that day after lunch, and said we think Mum needs to go to hospital. The next day, Sunday 23rd April 2017, we received a phone call from our father. A call that no-one wants to receive. It went like this. Boys, I hope you’re sitting down. I have been at The San for the last 3 hours with your mum, and we have found out what is wrong. The diagnosis is bad. In fact, it’s probably about as bad as you can get. After completing some scans, the doctors have found a brain tumour the size of tennis ball. Our hearts sank. We were out of breathe, speechless. We were in complete disbelief. Was this really happening, or is this a really bad dream. No, this was real alright. What followed this news was 2 craniotomies (2 x brain surgeries to remove as much of the tumour as possible), and daily visits by us to The San hospital, to support our mum, and the woman who has been supporting us all our life. The technical term for this horrible and disgusting thing, is called a ‘Glioblastoma Multiforme’ or GBM. Whilst we are only very new to this journey that we would wish upon no-one else, My brother and I, along with our wives Stephanie and Renee, our father Kevin and of course our wonderful and courageous mum, are determined to make a difference. We want to create more awareness and raise funds in the hope that one day, there will be a cure for Brain Cancer. We are inspired by the work of the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation and wanted to support them by raising money as part of our participation in The 2017 Sun-Herald City2Surf. Brain cancer research is one of the most underfunded research programs so please help us help them by giving whatever you can using the 'Give Now' button. The more people that know about Cure Brain Cancer Foundation, the greater their impact, so please also spread the word by sharing our page with your friends and family. Thank you in advance for your generosity, it means a lot to us all.
Richard & Daniel Whitehead