Ethan’s Scholarship

It would have been a very easy thing to focus only on the negatives of Ethan’s condition. However, we feel that something positive can come out misfortune.

In partnership with the Telethon Kids Institute (formerly known as the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research), we established the Ethan Davies Scholarship for Brain Cancer Research.

This annual Scholarship supports a researcher in the Institute’s brain cancer laboratory accelerate the development and introduction of new and improved treatments to prevent and better treat childhood brain cancer, particularly ependymoma.

Research at the Institute’s brain cancer laboratory is particularly focused on why some children relapse or respond poorly to therapy. Among other things, the laboratory grows cancer cell lines (some of which are more than 20 years old) taken from children with brain cancer. These are grown using a specialised technique perfected in the laboratory, and compared to normal cells with the hope of better understanding their nature. The cancer cell lines are shared with other researchers around the world. 

We hope that the Scholarship will play an important role in supporting childhood brain cancer research on an ongoing basis.

If you would like to support the Scholarship, or know people or organisations who may want to, please visit the Scholarship’s main website for more information:

You can also follow the Scholarship on Facebook and Twitter.

3 thoughts on “Ethan’s Scholarship

  1. this is a horrible situation …….don’t know how the parents cope..poor little darling..what has he done to deserve this? we have a day spa called Cleopatra’s Temple which is doing quite well…would like to help ,i’ll get in contact with lani soon for the event you have coming up late october….best of luck…as a mum of an 8 yr old, i can’t express how terrified i would be if this was my child !

    • Hi Claudia
      Thanks so much for your message and support, we really appreciate it. Any ideas you have to support the scholarship would be very welcome – please feel free to contact Ashlie Hirniak at TICHR on 9489 7998 too. Ashlie manages fundraising for the scholarship and is not only lovely and passionate about the cause, but also full of great ideas and assistance!
      Kind regards
      Christie-Lee Davies

  2. Hi, I am an ependymoma survivor. It changed my life. When I was recovering, my wife was diagnosed with a brain tumor as well. We fought this terrible disease together. I wrote a book about those two years in the life of my family. I offer it at cost to organizations who might be able to benefit from it. A doctor from The CERN Foundation wrote the introduction. The book is called: If You Love Me, Take Me Now. If you have any interest, please contact me. It’s also available at most online book stores.
    Steve Cox

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