ROCKINGHAM 14-year-old Georgia Johnson is a Convicts for a Cause Junior Ambassador and is helping raise money for mesothelioma research.
Her grandmother Robin Johnson (72) and family are throwing their support behind the Convicts for a Cause charity event.
Mrs Johnson was diagnosed with the asbestos-|related cancer in 2011 and has been battling it ever since, receiving a combination of chemotherapy and radiotherapy to help treat it.
She was exposed to asbestos while living with her family in government housing in WA’s north, when she cleaned up after repairs were done on their fibro house.
Mrs Johnson said her diagnosis had rocked her family and they were keen to do anything they could to help, with mesothelioma taking the life of one person every 12 hours in Australia.
Convicts for a Cause event co-ordinator Alison Dalziel said it was devastating that the deadly effects of asbestos were continuing to affect so many West Australian families.
“We hope this event helps researchers make some much-needed breakthroughs,” she said.
Funds from the charity cocktail event will go to the Reflections Through Reality Foundation, which supports medical research into the aggressive terminal cancer.
This year the event has a wild west theme. Residents can support Convicts for a Cause by signing up to fundraise as an individual ‘convict’ or in a ‘gang’.