Last night in Melbourne I was very honoured to be able to attend this beautiful gala event with my husband Keith and Rod Smith/Karen Banton all representing Bernie Banton Foundation.
A black tie event, it was a good excuse to dress up, kick our heels up and enjoy a spectacular night with other like minded people who were there for a good cause - raising much needed funds for mesothelioma research.
Associate Professor Paul Mitchell, Olivia Newton John Cancer Centre spoke on the aggressive and deadly nature of mesothelioma and how much needed funds are very vital. I spoke to him after his speech and about me being past my use by date as there is no treatment available for me as it is now about those who have just been diagnosed and helping those patients with treatments. That is where the focus is on now. The longer that I live the more likehood of running out of options for treatments due to the nature of the tumour activity. I did think that long term survivors such as myself living with this deadly and aggressive cancer should be acknowledged for exactly what we are - brave mesothelioma warriors making the best of a bad situation by living with this cancer and dealing with what life throws at us.
After all, being diagnosed with this cancer should not be a death sentence, let us live with it well and carry on helping others who have it, their carers and those who are yet to be diagnosed. We are in it together as a united force. I will keep on fighting for myself and everyone else until there is a global ban on asbestos, and when asbestos assessment, removal and disposal is heavily subsidised in Australia for all to have access to. We need to remove all asbestos from every place in Australia because until we do that, we will continue to have innocent lives being exposed to deadly asbestos fibres. Asbestos kills, there is no safe asbestos!
I live my life in the moment, enjoy my life and fight for what is right!
Asbestos Cancer Melbourne Gala Dinner 2013
Biaggio Signorelli Foundation 1st Annual Melbourne Gala Dinner to raise funds to create awareness, earlier detection and improved treatment, and ultimately find a cure for Mesothelioma (Asbestos Cancer).
Special Guest Performance – Tina Arena
Tina Arena’s career started at the age of seven on the hit TV show – Young Talent Time. After being a household name throughout her teen years, her 2004 album ‘Don’t Ask’ won six ARIA Awards and can now be found in 1 in 4 Australian homes.
Tina has sold 8 million albums and has performed with Donna Summer, Celine Dion, Julio Iglesias, Stevie Wonder and Marc Anthony around the globe.
Tina’s career has recently come full circle as she returned to where she started in Channel Ten’s ‘Young Talent Time’, this time as an admired judge.
A wonderful career, rich in it’s diversity, one month Tina can headline the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras with one of her dance anthems before touring with Andrea Bocelli the next. Always humble with a wonderful working-class sensibility and a great sense of humour and humility Tina is an artist with true integrity and unwavering talent.