Melissa Johnson, Bathurst
Jordan Cowen - Honeywood, Tasmania
Sally Payne, Sydney.
University lecturer whose sister had an anaplastic astrocytoma. Sally supports the International Brain Tumour Alliance in a number of ways. Sally represented the IBTA at the scientific meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, held in Chicago in 2008. Sally was a presenter at a Sydney neuroscience nurses' seminar in 2008 and also represented brain tumour patient and caregiver interests at a discussion of proposed clinical practice guidelines for malignant glioma in 2008.
John Carey, Perth.
John knew nothing about brain tumours - until his mother Delys was diagnosed with GBM 4 in 2006. Her amazing courage and humour inspired him to establish with other patients, family and friends, the Brain Tumour Association of WA.
Liz and John Emmett, Melbourne
Liz and John live in Melbourne where John is an official of the Uniting Church. In this photo they are looking at one of their grandchildren who was then in the Hospital special care unit. Their daughter Natasha is a long-term glioblastoma survivor. Liz has written the story of Natasha's journey here where thousands of newly-diagnosed patients have read it and obtained hope.
Tara Gent, Melbourne
Her brother died from a glioblastoma multiforme brain tumour in 2007 and she was motivated to help BTAA to make it easier for other families to cope with the challenge of a brain tumour diagnosis. Tara participated in the IBTA's 2007 and 2008 Walk Around the World for Brain Tumours.
Penny Bowman, Wellington, New Zealand
Penny, with her late husband Dave, led the fight in NZ for access to the concomitant therapy of temozolomide and radiation therapy for newly diagnosed glioblastoma patients. Penny and Dave travelled to the world famous brain tumour treatment centre at Duke University (USA) and an award winning documentary about their struggles was screened on NZ television. New Zealand residents should join the NZ-based brain tumour discussion group.