Advocate Stories

A brain cancer diagnosis changes everything.

The side-effects of both brain cancer and the treatment can have a major impact on a patient's quality of life, as well as completely changing their family's day to day dynamics. The emotional, physical and economic burden can be huge. Read our Advocate's stories to get a glimse into how their lives have been affected.

Beth initially thought her fainting spells were due to growing pains and was shocked to be diagnosed with Astrocytoma Grade 2. Thirteen years on, while grateful to be a long-term survivor, she is aware that at any time the cancer could return.

Read Beth's story here

Matt has been a great supporter of the Bike Ride for Brain Cancer, riding and fundraising across multiple years. Here he shares his shattering story of losing his beloved wife Belinda and having to continue on raising their daughter alone.

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Many know Al for his commitment to the 2020 Bike Ride for Brain Cancer; training inside during the Canadian winter with plans to fly home to Australia in time for the ride. COVID put an end to that but what many didn’t realise was that Al was also in the midst of treatment for brain cancer.

Read Al's journey here


At just 12 years of age, beautiful Charlotte has endured more than her fair share of invasive brain cancer treatments. Her mother Rebecca is sharing the story of their harrowing journey in the hope that it will not only support others but help in the effort to find a cure for this terrible disease.

Read Charlotte's story here

In 2011, Pip was a happy and healthy 46yr old mother of 4 children, aged 15, 13, 10 and 8 - then came the brain cancer diagnosis.

Pip reflects on her journey so far, both the struggles she has faced and her hopes for the future.

Read Pip's journey here

Many People know Ross as the man who leads from the front in the Bike Ride For Brain Cancer. Whether it’s on the bike or fundraising, Ross is always there passionately supporting the Brain Cancer Collective with his family right beside him. Father of 3, Ross was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2013 at the age of 53. Here his wife Di gives her account of what it is like to go through such a traumatic diagnosis and their journey so far. 

Read Ross's story here

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