Surfing and singing through February | Chris O'Brien Lifehouse
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Lifehouse in the news – February featured new research, fabulous fundraising efforts and famous people. Find out what happened in the news here.

  • Our researchers and clinicians will join a diverse team led by Professor Anna deFazio to explore how to better personalise ovarian cancer treatment for Australian women. Professor deFazio has been awarded a $3.75 million grant from the Cancer Council to fund the ground-breaking research.
  • Dr Steven Kao spoke to Mirage News about the recent inclusion of immunotherapy drug TECENTRIQ on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme as of March 1 2020. It is used to treat patients with extensive stage small cell lung cancer, which has historically low survival rates and few treatment options. You can read more about these recent additions to the PBS here.
  • Australian breast cancer sufferers have been involved in a promising new immunotherapy trial. Channel 9 News interviewed Lifehouse patient Liliana Kovacevic on her experience with breast cancer.
  • Hollywood superstar Chris Hemsworth got on board for the SurFebruary fundraiser, catching some waves in Byron Bay recently. The Daily Mail spotted the actor with a fellow surfer and supporter. The annual event raised over $120k.
  • NBN News also got in on the action, with close to 40 local surfers in Newcastle supporting the fantastic event.
  • And to round up the event, fundraising superstar Xavier Neil chatted to the Hit 106.9 team about his Good Karma soaps and why it’s so crucial to give back.
  • It’s been great to see BrothersIVBrothers expand their reach and inject much needed funds into regional cancer and patient care with their series of charity rugby games. Though the Knox Old Boys have taken the first two tests, an interesting spin has been put on the final game to to encourage further donations, which we have previously been the benefactor of.
  • Racing industry icon Pam Cornish has sadly passed away following a long battle with cancer. Racenet posted a tribute to Pam, who remained positive and active during her difficult treatment, still attending race meets just weeks before her death. Her family kindly asked for donations to Dr Steven Kao and his team in lieu flowers.
  • Australian make-up artist Nadia Peri has passionately encouraged young women to visit their doctors when they feel unwell or notice changes in their body. After a shock diagnosis of acute leukaemia, Peri is advocating for young people to not be afraid of booking an GP appointment and is currently undergoing treatment.
  • Our phenomenal Lifehouse choir was recently featured in both the Sydney Morning Herald and the Brisbane Times. They spoke to various members of the choir -patients young and old, and volunteers and staff with no musical experience alike – about the profound effects that music therapy is having on patients emotional well-being during treatment.
  • We know the ‘Weaving into Wellbeing’ project run by Arterie has been a wonderful outlet for creativity for many of our patients, so Arterie volunteer Roslynne Moxham spoke to Australian Tapestry Workshop Magazine about the program’s immense benefits.

Image credit: Janie Barrett via SMH.

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