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BAILEYS Day, the automotive industry fundraiser for cancer research and the training of cancer doctors, has just raised another $345,027 at the latest Baileys Day event at Victoria’s Woodlands Golf Club.

Baileys Day has now taken the total raised over the past 20 years to $4.85 million. This has funded the training of 21 new cancer doctors. 

Bailey’s Day raises funds for the Children’s Cancer Centre at the Monash Children’s Hospital in Clayton Victoria. The vital funding is used by the Monash Children’s Hospital for the provision of a clinical fellow each year at the Monash Children’s Cancer Centre.

Bailey’s Day is named after Bailey Tessier, who died of a brain tumour in 2004 at just two and a half years old.

Bailey was just two when he was diagnosed in February 2004 with a medulla blastoma, an aggressive brain cancer. Despite numerous surgeries, chemotherapy and a determined fight, he died five months later in July 2004.

Since 2004 Bailey’s day has funded the training of 21 oncologists as well as ground-breaking research into brain tumour biology that has dramatically improved the quality of care protocol.

Bailey’s Day founder and father of Bailey is well-known industry entrepreneur Patrick Tessier OAM.  Mr Tessier told GoAutoNews Premium that the program was underwritten by the generosity of the motor industry, especially many car retailing families and companies that supply the key services to supporting vehicles retailers.

“The industry’s generosity has been the rock in the success of this program, which has impacted the lives of so many children,” he said. 

“Bailey’s Day has a solid automotive connection. It has been heavily supported by the automotive industry since we began in 2004,” he said. 

The Monash Children’s Cancer Centre is now a leading facility in the treatment of paediatric cancer. Today, there is a multi-disciplinary team of more than 25 experts including oncologists, specialist nurses, pharmacists, dieticians, psychologists, social workers, child-life therapists and researchers.

The unit treats around one hundred children every year.

In Victoria, annually, more than 100 children under 14 are diagnosed with cancer with the majority under four years old. Nearly half of these cases involve brain cancer which is a leading cause of cancer-related deaths in children.

Every week at the Monash Children’s Hospital a child is newly diagnosed with cancer and despite improvements in survival rates around 40 children and adolescents will relapse each year.

By John Mellor

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