It will be a bittersweet day for Rick and Emily Parish tomorrow as they remember the son they lost two years ago as they help launch a groundbreaking attempt to cure the brain cancer that took his life.
When four-year-old Elliot lost his 15-month battle with the brain tumour medulloblastoma, Mr Parish vowed to do what he could to find a cure, setting up the Telethon Adventurers to raise funds.
Now he will see part of that dream come true, when more than 70 of the world's leading childhood brain tumour experts meet in WA for the first meeting of its kind.
"This past week has been pretty tortuous, remembering the time leading up to Elliot's death and when he was put on morphine and we had to say goodbye to him," Mr Parish said. "But the only reason this symposium is being held is because Elliot got cancer and we've managed to coax some of the best brain tumour researchers, oncologists and surgeons to Perth, which is unprecedented.
"My hope is that one day we will find a cure for childhood brain tumours so no family has to endure the heartache that ours has."
The symposium will be held over three days in Perth and the South West, culminating in a public forum at the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research on Thursday.To attend the forum go to: childhealthresearch.org.au.
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