Best friends embrace beanies to battle brain cancer

Willetton Primary School Year 5 students L-R: Leila Dawson (10) of Willetton and Jenna Bass (10) of Willetton. Jenna is holding a picture of her grandfather, who sadly passed away from brain cancer. His battle with the disease inspired the pair to fundraise Mark Hughes Beanies for Braincancer. Picture: David Baylis. d493896
Willetton Primary School Year 5 students L-R: Leila Dawson (10) of Willetton and Jenna Bass (10) of Willetton. Jenna is holding a picture of her grandfather, who sadly passed away from brain cancer. His battle with the disease inspired the pair to fundraise Mark Hughes Beanies for Braincancer. Picture: David Baylis. d493896

INSPIRED by the loss of a loved one to brain cancer, two friends are reigniting their fundraising efforts to fight the disease.

Willetton Primary School students Jenna Bass and Leila Dawson are raising money for The Mark Hughes Foundation for the second year running.

Jenna said they were inspired to raise money for brain cancer research due to her grandfather’s battle with the disease.

“My grandpa was diagnosed with a brain tumour in late 2017, so in 2018 we decided we wanted to start raising money,” she said.

The pair organised a Beanies for Brain Cancer Day, as well as a guess the lollies in a jar competition, at the school last year and raised $805.

Sadly, Jenna’s grandfather passed away earlier this year, but Leila said their success last year inspired them to do it again this year and they were determined to make more money.

“It felt really good because they actually listened to nine-year-olds and there were so many beanies,” she said.

“It was good to see so many beanies of all different colours at the assembly.”

Jenna’s mother Suzanne said the girls had put a lot of effort into their fundraising and she was pleased it was so successful.

“They had a really great teacher last year who inspired them a lot and I think that just inspired them further,” she said.

“This year they decided to keep it going and do it bigger and better and I’m sure next year they’ll want to do it again.”

If you wish to donate to Jenna and Leila’s cause, you can do so by visiting their everydayhero page.

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