Mosman Park GP, Dr Jamie Prendiville, along with his son James Prendiville, and friends Matthew James, Scott Murphy and Jon Kissick successfully completed a 250km, 7-day ultra-endurance race across Patagonia, to raise funds for melanoma research.
The group crossed the lower end of the Andes Mountains in the intensity challenge, with Dr Prendiville and the team raising an astonishing $60,000 for the Kirkbride Melanoma Centre.
The Kirkbride Melanoma Centre aims to improve the diagnosis and treatment of melanoma - a disease commonly referred to as Australia’s cancer.
Scott Kirkbride was a patient of Dr Prendiville’s and after he passed away from malignant melanoma at the age of 27, the centre was set up in his honour.
“My family and I have been raising donations for the Kirkbride Melanoma Centre since 2005, including swimming the English Channel and undertaking several ultramarathon races in various deserts across the world,” Dr Prendiville said.
“We are also focused on melanoma awareness and intend to run events to promote melanoma awareness in younger, 20-40 year old, people later this year.”
“Recently, we have funded a Prendiville Family Scholarship which supplies top-up scholarships for PhD candidates to undertake melanoma research at the Perkins,” Dr Prendiville said.
“The endurance marathon will be hard, but it’s nothing compared to what people with cancer go through.”
Australia and New Zealand have the highest melanoma rates in the world, with melanoma killing more young Australians aged 20 to 39 years than any other single cancer.
Research is turning the tide on melanoma, with new, targeted treatments extending the life expectancy for people with advanced disease - but with 14,000 Australians expected to be diagnosed with melanoma in 2017, further research is vital to save lives.
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