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Canberra Ditches Gowns to Don Denim at Cocktail Night

Canberra’s chilly winter weather didn’t deter locals from stepping out in their denim to attend the annual cocktail evening, hosted by the local committee for Children’s Medical Research Institute (CMRI at the Urban Pantry in Manuka.

The event was emceed by journalist, Genevieve Jacobs, of 666ABC, and those attending heard from CMRI’s Head of Cancer Pathology, Dr Rosemary Balleine, and new recruit to ACRF-ProCan, a world-leading research project changing the way cancer is diagnosed and treated.

A highlight of the evening was the captivating talk with local mother, Kylie Catterick, whose son, Josh, was born with a tumour the size of a mandarin on his brain. Doctors removed the cancer, and thankfully he survived. He is now four-years-old. The cocktail evening is a special event for Kylie and her husband, Dean, who do all they can to raise awareness for the need to fund medical research.

“I fell apart when doctors delivered the news about our baby boy,” Kylie said. “We were told he may not survive, but he did. It wasn’t easy - he underwent seven surgeries over nine months. And while he still faces challenges today, as a result of his cancer, he is with us. He is simply a joy in our lives. Without medical research, we wouldn’t have been able to experience that joy he brings us.”

A prize was awarded for the most original denim outfit, with the theme, double denim. Three lucky supporters took out raffle prizes; Sandra Purser won the first prize being a $200 gift voucher for men’s outfitters, Rodger Bartholomew; Sonja-Marie Christian won two A Reserve tickets to Nicolas Altstaedt and Aleksandar Madzar concert, donated by Musica Viva Australia; and Cathy Mayer walked away with a pair of drop earrings from Anne Master’s new pollen range.

“Kylie Catterick’s story no doubt puts the work CMRI conducts into perspective for our guests,” President of CMRI’s Canberra Committee, Velinka Vecchi, said. “The evening pretty much sums up what we at the Canberra Committee are all about, and why we work so hard to support CMRI. Join us, support us to support healthier kids.”

$3,800 was raised on the night, which will help fund the work being carried out by CMRI’s dedicated researchers.