Mates get on the Big Green Bus in support of sarcoma research
Aug 30, 2012
As a tribute to their good mate Leon Stone who tragically lost his battle with Osteosarcoma in May 2012, Daniel Pascoe and six other young men from across WA are taking part in this year’s Variety Bash WA in a refurbished retired school bus.
The bus, which has been painted green and given the title of ‘The Big Green Bus’, will travel over eight days from Albany to Perth hitting the gold trail to Hyden, Norseman, Kalgoorlie and returning through Sandstone and Dalwallinu raising important funds for Variety- The Children’s Charity and Sarcoma research. Hollywood Private Hospital is proud to be supporting the cause and has donated $1,000.
Leon was 20 years old when doctors found a 20cm tumor about the size of a tennis ball near his ankle. Desperate to fight the aggressive cancer, Leon underwent 12 months of treatment at Hollywood Private Hospital and also had his lower left leg amputated. Before he died, Leon established a sarcoma foundation to raise awareness which he named Stoney’s Steps Against Sarcoma.
Daniel said it is determination and mateship that is driving the group who want to remember and support their friend’s legacy.
“We are committed to spreading the word about sarcoma and hope there are a lot of generous people out there who can support us and donate to the cause,” Daniel said.
“Leon was adamant about establishing a foundation in support of young adults who may fall victim to this devastating condition and we want to continue his work in every way possible”.
“Our first big event was the HBF Run for a Reason and we raised nearly $13,500. We had 950 people “Legging it for Leon” and all money raised went to the Australasian Sarcoma Study Group”.
Hollywood Private Hospital’s Executive Director Kevin Cass-Ryall witnessed first hand the boys’ efforts to raise awareness of sarcoma at the HBF Run for a Reason.
“I saw this group of young men and women running and was very impressed by their commitment to spreading the word about this deadly disease,” said Mr Cass-Ryall.
“Hollywood has just received a $75,000 donation to its research foundation to fund a PhD scholarship at the University of WA for sarcoma research. I felt it was important for Hollywood to subsequently get behind this “Big Green Bus” project and support this very important cause”.