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  • The Higher Thinking Fund was established in 2011 by Shalom Andrews and her husband Dave Taylor. The funds objective is to support brain cancer research at the University of New South Wales Lowy Cancer Research Centre in Australia.

    As a brain cancer patient herself, Shalom has genuine insight into the challenges of living with brain tumour. As well as the personal difficulties involved, Shalom and Dave have recognised the need for greater research, particularly in the area of low grade brain tumours. There are many different kinds of brain tumours, and the World Health Organisation has broadly categorised them all as being either low grade (slower growing) or high grade (faster growing). There is minimal funding for low grade tumours, despite the significant potential for progression into life threatening high grade cancer.

    By supporting Higher Thinking, you are maintaining the work of Dr Kerrie McDonald, world leading scientist based at the Lowy Cancer Research Centre. Higher Thinking is already supporting a three year doctoral research program supervised by Dr McDonald, and we are confident that with your contribution, significant gains can be made in understanding tumour progression.

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  • Shalom and Kerrie speak at the Andrew Olle Media lecture

    On 4 November 2017, Associate Professor Kerrie McDonald, and Shalom Andrews, Higher Thinking founder, spoke at the annual Andrew Olle Media Lecture in Sydney. It was an opportunity to throw a spotlight on low grade tumours to Australia’s media elite, and for Kerrie to announce her team’s creation of the world’s first low grade model to test treatments against. This could not have happened without Higher Thinking which is still the only fund in Australia to support low grade tumour research. Their speeches were broadcast on ABC, and a transcript and audio can be found at   http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/scienceshow/first-lab-model-for-testing-brain-tumour-therapies/9116756#transcript

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  • Tour de Southern Highlands 2017

    The third annual Higher Thinking Tour de Southern Highlands cycling event has taken place raising nearly $10,000. A team of dedicated supporters donned their Higher Thinking bike riding gear and set off on a rainy afternoon for a 40km jaunt around the beautiful countryside around Bowral. The hills seem to be getting steeper each year, but the commitment of the peloton to toughing it out to the finish line was inspiring. Even multiple punctures and a pedal falling off were not enough to deter the desire to the get to the pub for the rewarding nourishment of a few pints and a good steak dinner. Plans are already underway for the 2018 event in March/April. Drop us a line if you are interested in participating. The event is open to all levels of skill and fitness, ranging from none to our regular ultra-marathon competitor.

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  • New! Higher Thinking Scholarship for Low Grade Tumour Research

    Jeffey Morton is a brain tumour patient. He and is family have made possible the new Higher Thinking Scholarship for Low Grade Tumour Research which is very exciting news. Here is his inspiring story:

    'I was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2010 after a serious car accident. I underwent an awake craniotomy and it was discovered I had a Low Grade Glioma (Grade 2 Oligodendroglioma). Since then I have had further treatment with both radiotherapy and chemotherapy. I have a wife Fiona and two daughters Ruby aged 7 and April aged 5. Fiona’s father died from high grade brain cancer in 1999 so my diagnosis hit really close to home for us.

    After my operation I struggled to get back to my full capacity and that led to an early retirement from my business 3 years ago. Since stepping back from work I have been able to spend time with my girls and we have been able to travel as a family which has been nice. Recently I have regained my motorsport licence and have really enjoyed being able to compete again.

    When I heard about Higher Thinking Fund earlier this year I was excited to discover that something was being done for low grade brain cancer research as there are currently no novel treatments. I’m hopeful that in time the research being done by Dr Kerrie McDonald and her team at Lowy Cancer Research Centre will result in the development of new clinical trials for Low Grade brain tumour sufferers.'

    The Schorlarship has required a significant financial commitment from the Morton family, for which Higher Thinking is very grateful. It means a new PhD researcher will join the team next year to assist with Ashraf's excellent work. Higher Thinking remains the only fund in Australia to address slow growing brain tumours (that have the potential to grow into high grade cancer) 

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Why Donate

Brain cancer is one of the most under-studied of all cancers yet receives very little research funding. In particular, people living with slower growing brain cancer are largely ignored. Higher Thinking is one of the only funds in Australia that supports the research of slower growing brain cancer, despite the potential to find treatments to stop rapid progression into deadly high grade cancer. Discoveries in this area may also have positive implications for the breakthroughs of treating other types of cancer.

Brain Cancer Facts

Rapid and slower growing brain cancer can be the cause of serious disability both from the disease itself, and as a result of its treatments - surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Disabilities might include paralysis, speech or language disturbance, seizures, increased risk of blood clots, weakness and decreased function of arms and/or legs, impaired fine motor coordination, or problems with balance. Possible changes in cognition, coordination, strength, vision, and other neurologic functions may necessitate specific work restrictions and accommodations. Some job requirements may be impossible for individuals with brain cancer, and permanent disability is not unusual.

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Higher Thinking Fund

PO Box 127, Camden NSW 2570

Email: answers@higherthinkingfund.com


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