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A Ford Mustang Mach 1 is the grand prize in the 100th Mater Lotteries Cars for Cancer draw with proceeds from ticket sales going to support cancer patients and live-saving cancer research at Mater.
The total prize pack is valued at over $300 000 and is the biggest prize ever given away in the lotteries 16-year history which has seen over 116 vehicles given away to lucky winners.
Funds raised from Cars for Cancer go directly to supporting Mater Researchers like Professor Kristen Radford and leader of the Cancer Immunotherapies Research Group.
Professor Radford and her team have developed novel research tools, including the first description of the rare human CD141+ DC subset, which is now considered crucial for tumour and viral immune responses and are attractive targets for vaccine development.
“I developed and validated a novel vaccine for cancer between 2002-2005 that was directly translated into a first-in-man Phase I clinical trial of a cellular therapy for metastatic prostate cancer, which was conducted at Mater from 2005-2015,” Prof Radford said.
“I undertook a career in medical research because I am passionate about understanding how our immune response recognises and fights cancer and dedicated to translating basic science knowledge to improving outcomes for cancer patients.”
Patient Alisi Jack-Kaufusi has been battling ovarian cancer for the past four years and said without the support of the Mater she would not have seen her 28th birthday.
“Not only has the Mater supported me, but they have supported my family through such a difficult time. They have taken care of not only my physical well-being but emotional and mental health as well,” Ms Jack-Kaufusi said.
“With every ticket you buy in Cars for Cancer you money is going toward supporting people like me and vital cancer research which gives us hope.”
Executive Director Mater Foundation Andrew Thomas said he was incredibly proud of what Cars for Cancer has achieved over the years.
“When you purchase your Cars for Cancer ticket, you are changing the future of cancer diagnosis, treatment and care, whilst providing support to those in your community receiving treatment,” Mr Thomas said.
“Last year Mater Hospital’s in South East Queensland alone over 21 000 people were hospitalised for cancer related episodes and our Cancer Care Centres administered over 13 700 chemotherapy sessions.”
In addition to the Ford Mustang Mach 1, the winner will also have a choice of a Jeep Wrangler, Patriot Camper and gold bullion or RAM 1500, Harley Davidson and Gold Bullion.
To find out more or buy a ticket please visit https://www.materlotteries.com.au/mater-cars-for-cancer
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