On the 21st October 2013, 4 ½ year old Abigail was sent to emergency at Princess Margaret Hospital.  All she had done was throw up 10 times – and even that had been random over the course of 4 weeks.  If it hadn’t been for a very diligent and clever ER doctor who insisted on a CT scan – the 3.5cm tumour growing at the base of her brain would not have been found until much later – making treatment more difficult.  Most of her tumour was removed but what remained was aggressive – the cancerous cells had already began travelling through her spinal fluid.  Abigail’s treatment was severe – 31 daily doses of radiation (in this case given under general anaesthetic) and 6 months of chemo.  The side effects of her treatment are equally as severe – life long, and irreversible at this point in time.


The purpose of the Brainchild Ball is two-fold.  Firstly, to raise awareness of the extremely high price children with brain tumours pay in the form of both short term and life-long side effects resulting from current treatment options, if indeed they have treatments available.  Secondly to raise funds for the amazing work conducted by the Telethon Research Institute into childhood brain tumours in improving treatments, increasing efficacy as well as reducing the life-long side effects caused by radiation and chemotherapy treatment. 

Whilst we are optimistic that a cure for all childhood cancers will be found sooner rather than later…. in the meantime we hope that The Brainchild Ball will become a highlight in Perth’s social calendar, offering its attendees a unique and inspired evening to remember, whilst raising funds and awareness of a cause so close to the Telethon Adventurer’s hearts.

About The Telethon Adventurers

Father Rick Parish and friend Peter Wilson founded the Adventurers in 2010 when Rick’s then 2 year old son Elliot was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, the most common form of brain tumour found in children.

In under a year the Adventurers climbed their first mountain and raised $920,000, and purchased a 3D molecular imaging machine for the Telethon Kids Institute – the first of its kind in the southern hemisphere. The machine was named after Elliot and tracks and tests laboratory-grown tumours assisting with the diagnosis and treatment of young cancer patients.

Elliot and the Adventurers story touched the hearts of many West Australians; unfortunately Elliot lost his battle with cancer in February 2011 aged 4.

In 2011 the Adventurers partnered with Channel 7’s Telethon becoming The Telethon Adventurers and the list of Adventures and the all-important dedicated Adventurers has continued to grow -to date raising over $5.2 million dollars with Telethon contributing a further $2m to The Adventurer’s cause.

Please join us for what promises to be an amazing evening for what is an amazing cause – and join the war on childhood cancer.