Nova 96.9 love to get behind the City2Surf and this time we're running for a really great cause - The Cooper Rice-Brading Foundation (CRBF).
Cooper Rice-Brading was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma (bone cancer) weeks after he turned 17 years old. In the sterile confines of a radiology practice, where he undertook a routine MRI for a suspected muscle tear, one sentence changed this junior elite sportsman's life changed irreversibly.
Cooper had been a formidable opponent on the rugby/AFL and cricket fields of Sydney, but it was the courage and sheer strength he showed every day of his inspirational fight to beat this cancer, that became his hallmark.
Cooper inspired those around him with his audacity and resilience, which is a common trait of most young cancer patients, but it was his vision to change the trajectory of this cancer for those who walked this road behind him, that truly resonated with others, despite the fact it would not be of assistance to him. Within three weeks of his gruelling treatment regime, he had incepted the Cooper Rice-Brading Foundation (CRBF) to raise funding for critical pipeline trials for sarcoma.
Tragically Cooper lost his protracted and valiantly fought battle against this cancer in August 2017, and as his family, together with our Board of highly skilled individuals, will continue his legacy through the Cooper Rice-Brading Foundation (CRBF).
Cooper had hoped to participate in last year's City2Surf despite battling a highly aggressive cancer, osteosarcoma (bone cancer) at the time.
His plan was to have the Sydney Swans Academy boys, whom he had played side by side with during his time as an elite junior AFL player within Swans Academy, run it with him while he would complete the course in his wheelchair.
Osteosarcoma is an insidious cancer, and Coop's deterioration was savage and swift, and saw him lose his courageous and relentless battle days after the City to Surf was run.
Please take the time to read the transcript below, which is what Coop wrote in preparation for his planned run in aid of the Garvan Institute for Medical Research.
"My motivation in supporting the work of the Garvan Institute is very simple. I am eighteen years old, and I have been waging a battle for fifteen months, against a rare osteosarcoma (bone cancer). I was entering my HSC year prior to my diagnosis, and having spent many years in elite junior sport, held a dream to play either cricket or AFL professionally. This changed in the blink of an eye, after my diagnosis. When I exhausted mainstream treatment options, it was then Professor David Thomas, Director of the Kinghorn Centre, and Division Head - Cancer, Lab Head - Genomic Cancer Medicine at The Garvan Institute, gave me a lifeline, with a ground breaking clinical trial. Whilst there are no guarantees, the hope this brings a patient like me, who has limited mainstream treatment options, is thankfully something most people will never be able to understand.
Should you or your loved ones ever find themselves in my predicament, you will only then understand exactly why we need to fund the great work this Institution does, whilst at the same time, saying thank you. Medical scientists simply do the job, and they do it well. The job is not a glamorous one, and it is not without frustration and heartbreak, but a good day can equate to saving the life of a patient with little or no mainstream options, so in terms of job satisfaction, it is right up there.
Whilst my run will be more like a very slow walk due to my impaired physical condition, I am determined to finish the course in whatever way I can, surrounded by my friends and family.
I thank you in advance for your support of cutting edge research, not only for sarcoma, but for all rare cancers which do not receive the attention, nor the funding they so desperately require. Your generosity provides much needed hope for those of us who need it so very much.
Please help us help The Cooper Rice-Brading Foundation by giving whatever you can using the 'Give Now' button. The more people that know about Cooper Rice-Brading Foundation, the greater their impact, so please also spread the word by sharing my page with your friends and family. Thank you in advance for your generosity, it means a lot!