Founder Carolyn meets with Council Chambers
Widow calls on Brisbane City Council to support brain cancer awareness
Ruth McCosker, Quest Newspapers
March 7, 2017 3:56pm
A BRISBANE woman with a mission to raise brain cancer awareness has asked Brisbane City Council for support.
Algester resident Carolyn Oldano lost her husband Mike Oldano in 2016 at the age of 41 to a deadly brain cancer.
The father-of-one and stepfather-of-two suffered a grade 4 glioblastoma multiforme.
At today’s Brisbane City Council meeting Mrs Oldano addressed the chamber and presented the raw facts about brain cancer.
“In Australia one person is diagnosed with brain cancer every six hours,” she said.
“Every eight hours in our country one person dies from this horrid disease.”
To pay legacy to her late husband Mrs Oldano has established the Brisbane-based charity Hand in Hand - Fighting Brain Cancer.
“I lost my father in law, uncle, family friend and my husband to this disease,” Mrs Oldano said.
“It has been just over a year since I lost my husband and I am now his voice.”
The Hand in Hand - Fighting Brain Cancer charity is selling Mikey the Martian plush toys to raise money for brain cancer research.
Mrs Oldano asked the councillors in the chamber for help.
“You don’t walk into your local Woolies and see brain cancer merchandise displayed. It’s rarely talked about,” she said.
Mrs Oldano asked the councillors to promote the charity and sell the plush toys at their officers.
Lifestyle and Community Services chairman Matthew Bourke said Mrs Oldano’s speech to the chamber was one of the hardest they have ever had to respond to revealing that his own father passed away from bone cancer.
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“I don’t think there is a person in this chamber who hasn’t been affected by a loved one or a friend affected by cancer,” Cr Bourke said.
He said he was more than happy to put his hand up and support the new charity.
For more information, visit handinhandfightingbraincancer.com.au.