Pirate Day raises vital funds for children’s brain cancer

Telethon Kids Institute scientist Dr Nick Gottardo
Telethon Kids Institute scientist Dr Nick Gottardo

BRAVE and adventurous – that’s how Telethon Kids Institute (TKI) scientist Nick Gottardo describes pirates and his young brain cancer patients.

The Pirate Ship Foundation is encouraging schools to register for the 5th annual Pirate Day during May where students dress as pirates to raise money for the Brain Tumour Research Laboratory run by Dr Gottardo and Dr Raelene Endersby.

Dr Gottardo said philanthropic donations like these allowed his team to be adventurous and innovative in collecting data that would be used to initiate clinical trials for new medicines.

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“The philosophy of the lab is to find new treatments that are more effective than current treatments and try to decrease some of the nasty side effects,” he said.

“If we can make radiation more effective we’ll be able to tone down the dose and reduce the side effects.

“We are working on a number of different drugs that make chemo and-or radiation more effective and in doing that, if they are more effective that will lead to increased survival rates.”

More than $280,000 has been raised since the campaign, a collaboration between The Kids’ Cancer Project in the eastern states and The Pirate Ship Foundation in WA, since 2015.

Register at https://www.piratedayinmay.com.au/.

The Pirate Ship Foundation will also host The BrainChild Ball on Saturday, July 27 at Crown Perth.

Tickets are available at https://pirateshipfoundation.com.au/.