Cervical cancer affects 500,000 Australian women every year and is also the only cancer that now has an effective vaccine specifically designed to prevent it. The man who created it, Professor Ian Frazer (pictured), was named the 2006 Australian of the Year for his amazing work in the lab, and is a likely candidate to become Australias next Nobel laureate.
His vaccine, released to the public on August 28 this year, has the potential to eradicate cervical cancer within a decade and will revolutionise womens health in Australia and across the globe.
I look forward to a world where cervical cancer will no longer kill young women, Professor Frazer said. Where, like smallpox, the only place it will be found will be in the history books.
Professor Frazer is now helping the fight against cancer on a community level, and has agreed to be special guest at the Life Savers for Cancer Research Charity Ball in Ballina on Saturday, October 21, much to the delight of organisers.
Professor Frazer embodies Australian know-how, determination and innovation and we are very privileged to have him as our guest, said Ballina Lighthouse and Lismore Surf Life Saving Club president, Paul Kelly.
The black tie event will have a Caribbean theme, with a marquee on the lawn of the Ballina Beach Resort transformed into an exotic island paradise complete with Caribbean cuisine and a Jamaican band.
The fundraising target for the night is $20,000 which will help Ballinas volunteer surf life savers and the Australian Cancer Research Foundation obtain equipment, training and infrastructure to do what they do best.
Tickets to Life Savers for Cancer Research are $95 per person with a limited number of VIP tickets available at $150, which grants the ticket holder access to a pre-dinner cocktail party with Professor Frazer. To book phone Sharon Balkin on 0428 862 011.
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