The fourth Biggest Ever Blokes’ Lunch Melbourne, proudly presented by Sportsbet, will be held on Friday, September 7, 2018 at the Meat Market in North Melbourne.
The Biggest Ever Blokes’ Lunch Melbourne is made possible thanks to our generous partners, sponsors and supporters.
The Biggest Ever Blokes’ Lunch (BEBL) started in Shepparton back in 2009 after one bloke, Chris McPherson, found out he had incurable prostate cancer. Chris wanted to persuade other blokes like him – middle aged, and, perhaps not in peak condition – to take responsibility for their health and get tested.
Chris died from prostate cancer in 2015, but as he’d hoped, many hundreds of men have now benefited from early detection due to these events.
The lunches are now held in 14 locations around Australia and have raised more than $3.5 million for prostate cancer research and regional prostate cancer nurses. In 2016 alone BEBL lunches raised more than $700,000 with more than 5,500 attendees. It is now the largest community-based fundraiser for prostate cancer research in Australia.
Melbourne Biggest Ever Blokes’ Lunch Incorporated (A0095170Z) is run entirely by a volunteer committee, and fundraises exclusively on behalf of Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (ABN 42 073 253 924).
If you would like to get involved, please call James McPherson 0407 555 604.
More than 3,300 men die of prostate cancer in Australia every year and it is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australian men.
The Biggest Ever Blokes’ Lunch Melbourne exists to educate young men so they can protect themselves against this disease and raise money to accelerate research into better treatment options for those who are impacted.
In early 2018, the Biggest Ever Blokes’ Lunch Melbourne funded its first PCFA Young Investigator Grant. This was awarded by the PCFA to Dr Roxanne Toivanen who will be funded for 18 months to complete new research at Monash University and the Peter Mac. We will seek to fund another Young Investigator in 2018. Here’s a few quick questions with Dr Toivanen.
What’s your background in research?
All my prior research has been in the prostate cancer. I completed my PhD studies in the Prostate Cancer Research Program at Monash University in 2012, and then worked for 5 years in another Prostate Cancer Group at Columbia University Medical Center in New York.
What’s your area of investigation? How do you describe your work to non technical people like us.
Throughout my career I have been interested in two areas of prostate cancer research.
The first is the development of better experimental models to study prostate cancer. One of the best tools a cancer scientist can have is to take patient tumours that have been surgically removed for treatment, and grow them in the laboratory for experiments. For reasons we don’t fully understand it is very difficult to do this for prostate cancer. However, through my research I have developed improved methods to grow and study patient tumour specimens in the laboratory, which we use to study many aspects of prostate cancer progression.
My second research area is looking at the progression of neuroendocrine prostate cancer. This form of prostate cancer typically emerges at the late stages of disease progression and only in a subset of patients, however they are very aggressive tumours that don’t respond to drugs typically used to treat prostate cancer. My research is looking at strategies for early detection and treatment of neuroendocrine prostate cancer.
How could your research create better outcomes for men experiencing prostate cancer?
With a large number of new experimental models in our laboratory, our Program has projects that investigate every stage of prostate cancer progression. This includes testing new treatments for patients who have not yet received drug therapy through to those that have failed available therapies, including types of prostate cancer with limited treatment options such as neuroendocrine prostate cancer. Therefore this work will lead to beneficial outcomes for the majority of men who experience prostate cancer, particularly those with disease that returns after having surgery or radiation.
Find out more about more of the great work done by the PCFA team and their partners.
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Biggest Ever Blokes’ Lunch Melbourne (Melbourne Biggest Ever Blokes Lunch Inc) is a volunteer run organisation. All funds are donated to support prostate cancer research through the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.