When Marin Sardelic had a seizure on-field during a soccer game in August 2018, he was initially diagnosed with epilepsy.
Twelve months later, on a family holiday in Croatia, a similar incident led Marin to be diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme – the aggressive brain cancer that took the life of Professor Chris O’Brien AO in 2009.
Marin and his wife Danielle flew straight home, into immediate treatment of surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. After two surgeries and almost a year of treatment, Marin, Danielle, and his soccer team, the Hurlers, wanted to give back to Chris O’Brien Lifehouse.
“The Hurlers are an inclusive, family football team,” says Marin (pictured left, with his daughter). “We chose Chris O’Brien Lifehouse because they focus on patients and families. There are multiple guys on the team who’ve had cancer affect their lives, so we’re raising money because it will help everyone. It’s great to give back.”
The Hurlers (pictured above) have raised over $7,500 for Chris O’Brien Lifehouse through their mates. “We just want the money to help people with cancer – that’s all we can ask for.”
Marin is doing more than community fundraising to help future patients – after his last surgery, he consented for his tumour tissue to be collected for research into more effective treatments for glioblastoma multiforme.
“Tissue donations like Marin’s provide an invaluable resource for researchers worldwide to advance our understanding of glioblastoma and are integral to helping find better treatments and improving survival rates”, says Kim Kaufman, Head of Brain Cancer Research.
Have an out of the box fundraising idea? We’d love to hear more. You can contact Sara Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 02 8514 0300.