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Lighthouse Classic

Run or Walk this January to raise funds and shine a light on cancer.

From: Saturday, 1 January, 12:00 am
Until: Monday, Jan 31, 11:59 pm
Where: Choose a 12km track anywhere
Tickets: $50

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The Lighthouse Classic was held for the second year throughout Australia inJanuary to raise much need funds for the Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute.
Janet Jones of Anglesea was inspired to create the fundraising event to shed new light on what causes cancer and how it can be treated more effectively.
As a result of Janet’s vision, more than $120,000 was raised for the Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute through this event.
Sadly in October 2021 Janet died after a long battle with cancer.

The Lighthouse Classic honours Janet’s life, raise more research funds and as a tribute to others touched by cancer.

Participants simply walked or ran along the beautiful Great Ocean Road to the Aireys Inlet Lighthouse or chose your own local destination anytime during the month of January.

FECRI leading researcher Professor George Kannourakis, who was been Janet’s oncologist for more than 30 years, said the funds would help with research focusing on the role of the immune system in cancer.

“We are working on identifying proteins on aggressive breast cancer cells that act as a fog to immune cells. By identifying these proteins, we can block them so that immune cells can identify and kill the cancer cells without the need for chemotherapy and radiation,” he said.

“The Lighthouse Classic not only provides much-needed funds for our research but also helps with our work to take research biopsy samples at the time of diagnosis or recurrence of cancer. It is only through this approach that we can better treat aggressive cancers in the future.”

The research aims to help patients with a broad range of cancers – from Leukemia, Bowel, Ovarian, Breast, Renal, Lung, Melanoma and Pancreato-Biliary cancers, as well as haematological cancers.

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