The Bonnie Rose Project
The Bonnie Rose Project is a Pink Hope fund that has been established to invest in the most innovative research to ensure the best chance of changing the future for the next generation at risk of breast and ovarian cancer.
The Bonnie Rose Project
Pink Hope takes a stand of behalf of the 660,000 moderate to high risk women and their families across Australia who they represent, launching The Bonnie Rose Project. Seen as a game-changer, the fund has been established to invest in the most innovative scientific research to help ensure the best chance of changing the future for the next generation at risk of breast and ovarian cancer.
Bonnie Rose is the daughter of our Pink Hope founder Krystal. Bonnie Rose and her older brothers are the next generation of children who may inherit the BRCA gene mutation which increases their risk of developing certain types of cancer including breast, ovarian and prostate.
Currently many women with a gene mutation choose surgical removal of their breast tissue and ovaries to reduce their chance of developing breast and ovarian cancer. By pinpointing the cells that give rise to breast cancer, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research have identified that the drug denosumab, may have potential to prevent breast cancer from developing. If confirmed in clinical studies supported by the Bonnie Rose Project, this would provide a non-surgical option to prevent breast cancer in women with elevated genetic risk.
Pink Hope is also passionate about helping kConFab continue to test their extensive database when new gene mutations are discovered. Giving families and future generations the tools and knowledge they need to be in control of their risk is something our organisation wants for our community.
“My ultimate wish is that my children never have to face the fear, uncertainty and choices past generations have had. I hold this rose and we stand alongside Bonnie to give the next generation hope.” ~ Brione Smink, Pink Hope Community Ambassador
Walter and Eliza Hall Institute
Walter and Eliza Hall Institute is the oldest research institute in Australia, celebrating their centenary in 2015, with the mission to be an innovative medical research institute that engages and enriches society and improves health outcomes through discovery, translation and education.
Walter and Eliza Hall Institute has an affiliation with The Royal Melbourne Hospital which links research outcomes with clinical practice to accelerate discoveries for health and disease.
Scientists undertake research in a range of areas, preventing and treating diseases including breast, ovarian and blood cancers, type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, coeliac disease and malaria.
The BRCA-D project in particular is of interest to Pink Hope as this project is conducting research on understanding how the cancerous changes occur in the breasts of women carrying a BRCA1 gene mutation, in the hope of identifying an alternative, non-surgical approach for breast cancer prevention.
Kathleen Cunningham Foundation Consortium for Research into Familial Breast Cancer
Kathleen Cunningham Foundation Consortium for research into Familial Breast cancer (kConFab) brings together geneticists, clinicians, surgeon, genetic counsellors, psychosocial researchers, pathologists and epidemiologists from all over Australia and New Zealand who believe the causes and consequences of familial predisposition to breast cancer can be understood only by a concerted national effort at both the basic and clinical level.
kConFab itself is not a research organisation in the usual sense, but rather provides a resource upon which researchers can draw. The aims of the consortium are to make data and biospecimens widely available to researchers for use in peer-reviewed, ethically-approved funded research projects on familial aspects of breast cancer.
When new gene faults (mutations) are discovered kConFab conducts searches through its extensive database of high risk individuals and families to determine which families and individuals within the family are carriers of the family specific gene fault (mutation). Providing financial support for this work is of interest to Pink Hope.
How to get involved
You can help Pink Hope invest in these lifesaving research areas by:
In the month of October, any donation made through Pink Hope’s website will be invested into the Bonnie Rose Project. Donate Here.
Dedicated to investing in lifesaving research. You can register your fundraiser here.
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