Batemans Bay charity fair raising funds to find cure for aggressive childhood cancer

FIND A CURE: Batemans Bay friends and family are raising money to cure an aggressive childhood cancer that took away eight-year-old Levi Wheeler in 2018. Picture supplied.
FIND A CURE: Batemans Bay friends and family are raising money to cure an aggressive childhood cancer that took away eight-year-old Levi Wheeler in 2018. Picture supplied.

A group of Batemans Bay friends and family hopes to find a cure to an aggressive childhood cancer that took away eight-year-old Levi Wheeler in December 2018.

Levi's family friends are hosting a charity fair at the Old School House, 10 Beach Road, Batemans Bay, on Saturday and Sunday, October 5-6, with all proceeds going to "Levi's Project".

Levi's Project is a $2.4 million commitment to finding a cure for DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma) - the cancer that took Levi.

The family said there would be a variety of high-quality pre-loved goods for sale including fashion items, plants, artwork, household items; tea, coffee, refreshments and home-baked goodies; a Chocolate Wheel with all sorts of quality prizes and face-painting for kids.

There would also be live music, a jumping castle, a sausage sizzle, fresh ice cream and a cafe.

Levi and his family. Picture supplied.

Levi and his family. Picture supplied.

Levi's Project Foundation said DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma) was the most aggressive of all childhood cancers.

"Sadly, all children with DIPG succumb to the disease within one to two years," the foundation said.

"The outcome of DIPG is the same today as it was for childhood acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in the 1960s."

The project aimed to make "all the difference in the world to children with DIPG and their families, by offering hope where currently there is none. It is a bold ambition, but we have a bold plan to match".

Levi's Project Foundation said over the course of three years, Levi's Project would employ three dedicated scientists who would work specifically on the project. In addition to two research assistants, there would be a senior scientist, the Levi Wheeler Fellow.

Levi's Project would supply the funding for all pre-clinical research costs associated with the project, as well as funding three clinical trials for children with DIPG.

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