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Brain Cancer Biobanking Australia (BCBA) is a virtual biobank hub established to provide researchers easy access to the amount, quality and type of tissue and associated data they need to accelerate both paediatric and adult translational brain cancer research.

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News

  • Remembering the Inspiration behind BCBA

    November 2022

    This month marks the 10-year anniversary of the passing of Lucie Leonard. Lucie is the inspiration behind Brain Cancer Biobanking Australia and the daughter of Founder Robyn Leonard. Lucie was diagnosed with brain cancer at the age of 27 and sadly lost her seven-year battle in 2012.

    Through Lucie’s tragic journey with brain cancer, it became very clear to Robyn that there was a desperate need for more research into this cruel disease. Despite killing more children in Australia than any other disease and more people under 40 than any other cancer, brain cancer remains one of the most under-researched of all cancers.

    Robyn quickly became a passionate brain cancer consumer advocate, establishing both Brain Cancer Biobanking Australia and its charity arm, the Brain Cancer Collective, to enable a collaborative approach to providing researchers with access to the tissue and data they need to make real breakthroughs in brain cancer research.

    “BCBA is Lucie’s legacy. Her courage and resilience in the face of this disease was incredible and continues to inspire me. I want to do everything I can to help researchers find effective treatments for brain cancer. It is achievable, we just need more funding.” - Robyn Leonard

    Join us on the road to a cure in BCBA’s major fundraising event, the Bike Ride for Brain Cancer. You can learn more about the 2023 event or register your interest to ride here.

  • Going the Distance for Brain Cancer Research!

    October 2022

    Last month twin brothers, Jonathan and Benjamin Siero, embarked on a monumental 3500km bike ride from Fremantle to Melbourne to honour their stepfather who was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2021 and raise much needed funds for research.

    Brain cancer can affect anyone and everyone, even those closest to you. I’m looking to bring awareness to brain cancer and hopefully reach our fundraising target to support the Brain Cancer Collective - Jonathan Siero.

    Sisters, Jenny Tierney & Melissa Peros, took on their epic cycle challenge from home. Riding 1528kms non-stop on their beloved father’s exercise bike in his memory and for all those like him, who lost their lives to brain cancer last year.   

    It is a cruel disease that robs you of your loved one right before your eyes, before they themselves are even aware of it, yet there is very little research into brain cancer - Melissa Peros.

    Please donate to support: The Siero’s and Jenny & Melissa

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Events

  • Bike Ride for Brain Cancer

    5th - 6th May 2023

    BCBA’s fundraising arm, the Brain Cancer Collective, will hold its annual 2 day 250km Bike Ride for Brain Cancer on 5th and 5th May in 2023. The riders will regroup for the boutique event that takes a scenic route from Sydney to the Hunter Valley and finishes in the beautiful grounds of Calais Estate Winery. We hope that you will support our efforts to advance brain cancer research by visiting our website to register your interest.