Caroline Kelly

24/08/2011

 
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Forty or fifty years ago, someone diagnosed with pancreatic cancer would most likely face death within months. Shockingly, in spite of all the advances by mankind, that is still the case in 2011. Too many lives have been lost to this disease and I want to do all that I can to help change that and give hope to those battling it.

Caroline Kelly

In the months after her husband’s diagnosis with pancreatic cancer, Caroline and Avner co-founded a fund to make a difference to those affected by one of the most lethal cancers. Sadly Avner, like 95% of patients diagnosed with this disease succumbed to it months later, a statistic that hasn’t really improved in the last 50 years. Caroline and her two co-directors, have continued to lead the foundation, passionately focused on improving the statistics and outcomes for patients. More than $1.7 million has been raised through charity walks and dinners, and through the support of companies such as Woolworths, Coca-Cola Amatil and Wellcom, as well as countless individuals and volunteers. This money has already funded a trial, is funding cutting edge research into sequencing the genes of pancreatic cancer and the next initiative is for a pilot into providing home nursing in the final nights of a patient’s life in their home. Caroline works full-time running the foundation in hope of improving the statistics for future generations.

http://www.avnersfund.org.au/

Photographer: Diane Macdonald
Location: Sydney