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Young women shares her journey with cancer


A teenage girl who has recently recovered from cancer, and one of CMRI’s researchers, were the guest speakers at the Canberra Committee’s Pink Luncheon which raised an incredible $30,000.

The CMRI Committee hosted its 59th annual luncheon, this year at Thoroughbred Park. As well as a sit-down lunch, raffles and an auction – this year there were stalls selling beautiful items from Christmas decorations to cakes, puddings and gingerbread.
There was entertainment provided by musicians ErnestGrey and the Australian Rugby Choir.
The first guest speaker was Professor Rosemary Balleine who is leader of the ProCan Cancer Pathology Group at CMRI. She spoke about the latest work being conducted in her labs.

The other speaker was 18-year-old Tamara Kazolis who recently completed her Year 12 exams after fighting leukeamia for more than a year.
Canberra Committee President, Jane Beer, said the day was a “huge success’’.
“All in all, from the positive feedback from our guests, the lunch was an outstanding success, due to generosity of our major sponsors and donors, in particular Thoroughbred Park.’’
She also wanted to thank the two MCs, Tim Russell and Stephen Bunday, as well as Tessa’s Kitchen for supplying platters of food which were served by students from Canberra Girls’ Grammar. Students from Daramalan College also volunteered on the day.