Brian Skinner (aka BBQ BOB) is my closest and longest standing friend. We met in January 1980 when we commenced our apprenticeships on the same day with Bridgestone. Devastatingly my best mate was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma in March 2017. Multiple Myeloma is an incurable cancer of the plasma cells in the bone marrow and just under half of people diagnosed will live for five years after diagnosis. To complicate his illness, he has Amyloidosis – the build-up of Amyloid proteins in the heart, kidneys, liver or other organs. Brian now has compromised heart and kidneys. Amyloidosis also precludes Brian from clinical trials of ground breaking new drugs.
Initially Brian responded very well to a chemotherapy drug called Velcade, and while the side effects made him sick, it put him in remission. Eventually, however, Brian became Velcade resistant and it is no longer effective in controlling his cancer.
Professor Stuart Pitson, Head of the Molecular Signalling Laboratory in the Centre for Cancer Biology at UniSA and UniSA’s leading Multiple Myeloma Researcher, is developing a new treatment which will inhibit enzymes involved in lipid metabolism in cancer. This research is showing great promise for complementing existing treatments, and, most critically, could make Brian responsive to Velcade again.
We have come together to raise funds to support Stuart’s world class research and bring it to clinical trials, offering hope for Brian and others to resume their life changing Velcade treatment.
We hope to raise $200,000 to hasten the treatment of the development, and we are kicking off our fundraising activities with the City to Bay. Please support us by making a donation to this worthy cause by following this link, https://citybay2019.everydayhero.com/au/team-myeloma, or come on board and join us and our City to Bay team by clicking this link. When you register it will ask if you are a part of a team, click ‘yes’ and choose Team Myeloma. The choice of events on the day are 3km, 6km, 12km and a half marathon.
Thank you for your support, together we can "Unite the Fight: Beat Multiple Myeloma."
Cheers, Andrew Downs