In 2016 a very much loved and larger than life man, Peter Grima, lost his battle to Pancreatic Cancer. To honour this amazing man, a team of seven of his closest mates banded together and formed the “Wish You Were Here” team. They were then joined by an eighth man, who himself is a cancer survivor and is currently supporting a close friend and relative undertaking treatment for Pancreatic Cancer. This team of eight have set themselves one of the most gruelling and emotional challenges - to walk the Kokoda Trail in memory of Peter.
On World Pancreatic Cancer day, November 17, the recipients of $2million of Avner’s Foundation grants were announced. The Grants – four one-year $100,000 innovation grants and two larger multi-year grants were awarded to researchers in NSW, VIC and WA and pleasingly has resulted in experienced researchers of other forms of disease researching Pancreatic Cancer for the first time.
On October 29, Fye Freeman and 17 of her friends participated in the Hawkesbury Canoe Classic while drawing awareness to Avner’s Foundation by wearing the Foundation’s t-shirts. The 65km overnight Wisemans Dash that Fye and the team did in a dragon boat, would be challenging for most people, but Fye’s effort is all the more inspiring as she has pancreatic cancer.