The Warrnambool community has donated more than $40,000 towardscancer research in Pippa Rea’s name.
Pippa was 11-years-old when she died from a rare, incurable brainstem tumour in March 2015. Her Warrnambool-based family donated the tumor to the Royal Children’s Hospital Tumour Tissue Bank.
Mum Virginia Rea said 100 tissue vials, DNA strands, Ribonucleic acid and a live cell line were generated, allowing for multiple opportunities for global collaboration and research. Pippa’s cell line has been shared through Sydney, Melbourne, USA and Canada.
The Robert Connor Dawes Foundation donated the money in Pippa’s name. Director Liz Dawes said was a genuine way to make a difference, thanking the public. “The only ways we’re going to make breakthroughs in research is to use the samples and find out what’s going to work to have them to not be fatal,” Mrs Dawes said.