George Reed was diagnosed with early stage 4 prostate cancer in 2017. The care he received from his oncologist Professor Lisa Horvath, Director of Research at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, inspired him to give back.
In June of 2019, George featured as the face of the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse Winter Appeal, asking the broader community to fund Professor Horvath’s research into more personalised treatment for prostate cancer. As part of this initiative, George also reached out to his work colleagues to donate a single days’ pay in support.
George’s efforts, and the support of the wider Chris O’Brien Lifehouse donor community, resulted in over $250,000 being raised.
Professor Horvath and her team are using these funds to develop a blood test that detects whether an individual’s cancer will respond to the current mainstay drug treatment. This research means that patients like George can benefit from more targeted and effective drug treatments that improve their outcomes and quality of life.
Says Prof Horvath: “By investing in this research, George and our donors have made a meaningful difference to the lives and outcomes of men with prostate cancer, now and in the future. We are incredibly grateful for this support.”