Fight for a Cure/Fight on the Beaches

Fight for a Cure Ltd is a Northern Beaches based charity established by the co-Chairperson’s of Fight on the Beaches. Fight on the Beaches holds an annual ‘Christmas in July’ Charity Ball and since its inception 4 years ago, they have raised over $1million to support valuable cancer research. Not only does Fight for a Cure fund breakthrough cancer research and supports early career researchers, they are also focused on the early detection and prevention of cancer at a community level. Fight for a Cure’s first community based early detection program was held in November 2016 and offered local Northern Beaches women the opportunity to undertake fully subsidised breast, cervical and skin cancer screening , together with a complete blood test, while their pre-school aged children were cared for by a qualified childcare professional (at no cost).

The Bill Walsh Laboratory is very fortunate to be named as one of Fight for a Cure’s beneficiaries for 2018. The money raised by the Fight on the Beaches community will go towards funding research by our Dr Sarah Hayes on developing a new breath test for diagnosing lung cancer. Changes in specific proteins found in exhaled breath of lung cancer patients may be an indication of the underlying cancer, presenting a potential screening technique for early detection of this disease. In this project, we are using cutting-edge mass spectrometry to comprehensively map proteins found in human breath from lung cancer patients to identify these proteins. This is the first time ever that the human lung cancer breath proteome (which we have termed the “breathome”) has been profiled by advanced mass spectrometry.