We are excited to announce the Paper Crane Gala Ball in support of the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation!
The ball will be held in Perth on the 24th of June 2017 with all funds raised going the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation.
We are currently seeking event sponsors and raffle donations – please head to the Contact section if you would like us to give you more information.
We look forward to seeing you there!
In 2012, Benjamin McCracken and his fiancé Maddy went to bed on a Saturday night, with plans to go to Sunday brunch the following morning. They never made it to brunch. Instead, Maddy woke up to Ben having a seizure next to her. As a fit 23 year old, there was no warning that anything sinister was going on. Later that day, Ben was diagnosed with a grade 2 oligoastrocytoma, a type of glioma tumour (the most common form of brain cancer) that is almost always fatal.
Ben was a champion of Cure Brain Cancer Foundation in Perth, raising over $100,000 for research in the annual HBF Run for a Reason. During his battle to survive, Ben undertook 35 rounds of radiation therapy, 17 rounds of chemotherapy, underwent a risky clinical trial and had four incredibly risky brain surgeries. Devastatingly, Ben passed away on 1 December 2015.
Maddy made a promise to Ben that she would never give up. Maddy and all of Ben’s friends and family feel a responsibility to stop this nightmare from becoming someone else’s reality. We all owe it to the people like Ben, who worked tirelessly to change the reality of this disease, not to give up on a day where this story could have been a different one.
Ben’s story is not unique. Brain cancer is an horrific disease that kills more children in Australia than any other disease and more people under 40 than any other cancer. So many people are affected by brain cancer. We have organised the inaugural Paper Crane Gala Ball so that we can do our little part to give a person with brain cancer a greater chance at a future.
About Brain Cancer
Brain cancer is indiscriminate. It strikes a person down in the prime of their life, usually with no warning signs and no risk factors. These are the harsh statistics:
Relative five-year survival rates for brain cancer have hardly changed for 30 years, increasing less than 2% between the periods of 1982-1987 and 2007-2011.