Jeans for Genes Day funds world-first cancer initiative:
• One in 20 Australian children are born with birth defects and genetic diseases such as cancer and epilepsy.
• 300 children in Australia will lose their lives to a childhood disease each year.
• Funds raised by CMRI (Children’s Medical Research Institute) have helped fund ACRF-ProCan®, a world-first cancer research initiative.
• Olympic swimming champion and Jeans for Genes’ ambassador Libby Trickett is calling for all Australians to register for Jeans for Genes Day and ‘get crazy with denim’. Jeans for Genes Day is back on Friday, 4 August 2017. The national denim fundraiser helps Children’s Medical Research Institute find treatments and cures for the one in 20 Australian children with birth defects and diseases such as cancer, epilepsyand other genetic conditions. Every year 300 children in Australialose their lives to childhood disease. Jeans for Genes will mark its 24th year of supporting CMRI to research treatments and cures which aim to give children the chance to live a long and healthy life.So far, the iconic fundraiser has raised over $67 million and currently helps fund ACRF-ProCan®, a world-first cancer research initiative that will allow doctors to better diagnose their cancer patients within 24-36 hours and determine the most effective treatment for that individual. ACRF-ProCan® uses specialised equipment that will analyse 70,000 cancer samples from all over the world over the next five to seven years. This will enable a better understanding of cancer, as well as provide a means of personalised, precision diagnosis and treatment, giving clinicians the tools they need to decide on the best option foreach individual patient. Australians are urged to unite and ‘Join the movement’ to cure childhood genetic diseases by wearing their jeans; the crazier the better, and donating at jeansforgenes.org.au. They are also encouraged to share their outfit on social media with the hashtags #Jointhemovement17 and #JeansForGenesAU.