A rack of test-tubes costs $18, but if someone you love faces cancer, it's priceless

“I woke up in the middle of the night with a sharp stabbing pain in my breast”

That was October last year. As you read this, Tennille is in Cycle 10 of a 16 week cycle of chemotherapy, following a mastectomy. She then faces 5 weeks of daily radiation therapy.

A rack of test tubes costs $18, a box of petri dishes costs $100, a box of syringes costs $15, a set of scalpels costs $30 and a pair of reinforced cryo gloves costs $400.

You may be wondering why I’m telling you the cost of lab essentials. The reason is simple. Your donation for these items helps to find solutions to diseases, like the breast cancer hurting Tennille.

She is someone benefiting from treatment only available because of research, and bravely agreed to share her story with you.

Tennille is only 36, but in October last year was diagnosed with breast cancer. 

The fact is, one in 8 Australian women like Tennille will at some time in their life be diagnosed with breast cancer.

In fact, every 30 minutes on average, another seven Australian men and women are diagnosed with some type of cancer. Tragically, every day 125 people die.

The good news is you can do something simple and practical right now that will help.

You can give $18 which will provide a rack of 7 test-tubes for one of our research labs.

Your $18 rack of test-tubes will support Garvan research into the diseases that hurt too many everyday Australians – diabetes, Alzheimer’s, asthma and, of course, many kinds of cancer.

This is essential to for us to keep our 600 world-class researchers doing all they can to find new breakthroughs and treatments.

I understand that test-tubes - or a box containing 60 plastic syringes may seem small in the world-scale research we’re doing …

… yet to someone like Tennille, it means so much more.

She told us: “…these days it seems no one is immune from cancer. That’s why the research that is being done is so vital. It’s what will protect your sister, your daughter, your mother, you.”

Read Tennille's story here.

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