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Film to raise funds for brain cancer

Tuesday, May 9th, 2017

Strathbogie Shire Council has thrown its support behind two local families whose members are currently battling cancer.

Council, together with local Shire residents Dustin Perry and Steven Jeffery, are hosting a special movie screening of Cars 3 at the Euroa Community Cinema to raise money for the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation in July.

Eight-year-old Chloe Perry, the youngest child of Dustin and Shannon of Euroa, was diagnosed with neurological glioma, which is a rare form of cancer.

Chloe is currently undergoing chemotherapy for the illness, which has affected not only the family, but the entire Euroa community as well, particularly those who go to St John’s Primary School with Chloe.

Meanwhile local real estate agent Steven Jeffery, who has been battling leukaemia for the past several months, has forged a strong friendship with the Perry family and has joined forces to raise more funds and awareness of brain cancer.

The two met a few years ago when Steven sold Dustin’s house but reconnected as they discovered they were going through a similar ordeal.

In April, Dustin wrote a letter to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, and when he didn’t receive a response, sent another letter, this time to

The Australian newspaper, explaining his concern that more funding needed to focus on finding a cure for brain cancer.

He later appeared on Network Ten’s

The Project and was interviewed by presenters Carrie Bickmore and Waleed Aly, who were both inspired by his letter.

"The Australian Government’s years’ of ignoring this disease is what makes this kind of fundraising event so important for all Australians," he said.

Dustin is still in discussions with Mr Turnbull and Federal Minister for Health and Sport Greg Hunt about the lack of brain cancer funding.

"The mortality rate of brain cancer in Australian children is higher than that of any other disease, yet it continues to be neglected by our government.

"This rate hasn’t improved in 30 years, yet the government is currently allocating less than five per cent of its cancer funding to it," he said.

He said it was an important cause to anyone and it "could affect your child tomorrow."

"Our community is pretty strong," Steven said.

"They have helped me since I started battling leukaemia and I feel this fundraiser would be a way for the both of us to give back to the community.

"All of the funds raised at the cinema are going to a cause that affects so many people and we are happy that Strathbogie Shire is 100 per cent behind this."

Mayor Amanda McClaren said Council were pleased to support the community in raising awareness and much needed funds for such a worthy cause.

"We encourage the community to get behind these local families and their effort to make a difference," she said.

The Cure Brain Cancer Foundation Fundraiser will be held at the Euroa Community Cinema on Wednesday, July 26 at 7pm.

Tickets are available now at Council's Main Foyer, The Hub and St John's School Euroa and cost $15 for adults and $10 for kids.

All proceeds go to the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation.

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