Carrie Bickmore’s ‘Beanies For Brain Cancer’ Foundation has raised a whopping $3.5 million in less than an hour as part of Tuesday’s emotional ‘The Project’ special dedicated to brain cancer awareness.
The television personality shared a glimpse into her own personal battle with the disease that took the life of her late husband, Greg Lange, in 2010.
The television special saw a wall of virtual guests supporting the cause, as well as a poignant interview with neurosurgeon Professor ‘Prof’ Andrew Kaye, who treated Carrie’s late husband for over 10 years.
“Ten years ago, one of the brains operated on by the Professor was my late husband, Greg. But back then, we used to call him Prof,” she said, before reading letters her husband had written about the now retired surgeon.
Meet the incredible and renowned neurosurgeon who has sacrificed so much to give people a fighting chance at surviving brain cancer. Carrie sat down with the man who helped her husband through some of his darkest and scariest times. pic.twitter.com/E9dslrdw0w
— The Project (@theprojecttv) July 14, 2020
“I found some old letters that Greg had written about when he first met you,” she said.
“We enjoyed some verbal sparring over how much of a dud club (the Hawks) were … The Prof said, all right, you’ve got a brain tumour and we need to get it out or you’ll die. I sat stunned for a minute, the transition from Hawthorn to an operation to avoid death seemed a little quick,” she read.
“But that was the Prof. Blunt and to the point.
“I don’t know if it was the plastic brain on the table, or the banter on AFL but I knew right then and there this was the guy for me.”
When asked whether ‘The Prof’ remembered Greg, he responded: “I remember him vividly. I remember his extraordinary courage. I never cease to be amazed by the courage of the people that I treat. People say, doctors have to have courage, they have got to be bold. It is not the doctors with the courage, it’s the patients.”
Greg Lange passed away from brain cancer in December 2010 after battling with the disease since 2001.
“Survival rates haven’t changed in 30 years,” Carrie explained.
“That is not good enough and it won’t change until more research is done and that won’t happen until more money is raised.”
Beanies and caps, which retail for $29.95 for adults, have sold out online but are available from selected Cotton On stores across the country. Click here to find out where to buy them and how to donate.