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.
Against all the odds the Bike Ride for Brain Cancer (BRBC) went ahead on 19th and 20th March, with a dedicated group of 56 riders managing to complete 100kms of the 250km course despite the extreme weather conditions in NSW. The BRBC is the major fundraising event of BCBA’s charity arm, the Brain Cancer Collective. After being Covided out in 2020, the riders were more than ready to hit the road in 2021 to raise awareness of brain cancer and approximately $300,000 in funds to support the important work of BCBA.
The spirit of the event is captured in this short video.
The experience of working behind the scenes in the laboratory and face to face treating people with cancer has given Dr Ben Kong a strong drive to improve outcomes. It’s his connection to keeping the patient at the forefront that drew him to join BCBA as a consortium member,
“BCBA has a uniquely patient-centred mission which helps all those who are involved to stay focussed on the long-term vision”.
A medical oncologist at Royal North Shore Hospital & Mater Hospital Sydney and Clinical Research Fellow for the Neuro-Oncology Co-operative Trials Group (COGNO), Ben found BCBA’s role in facilitating collaboration helped him expand his horizons and connect with other researchers determined to improve outcomes for people with brain cancer.
Ben’s determination to expand his horizons has recently become literal – he is taking to the open road to cycle 250km from Sydney to the Hunter Valley as part of the annual Bike Ride for Brain Cancer next month. He will share the road with local and interstate riders, raising funds to accelerate brain cancer research.
You can support Ben's ride here.