Anthony’s brain cancer fight lives on
Anthony Mazzone fought glioblastoma – a deadly form of brain cancer.
That fight will forever live on.
Approximately 1600 people die each year from brain cancer. That’s about one every five hours.
Sadly, Anthony was one of them.
His final wish was for his own brain and tumour tissue to be donated to research to help find answers.
Together with Anthony’s family, we’re passionate about supporting the South Australian Brain and Neurological Tumour Bank at Flinders - the only facility of its kind in the state, helping researchers to unlock the mysteries of brain cancer and other neurological conditions.
Help support the South Australian Brain and Neurological Tumour Bank at Flinders and you’ll be contributing to vital research, looking at ways to intervene earlier and prevent deadly brain cancers, as well as other neurological and mental health conditions.
In December 2016, 51-year-old Anthony was diagnosed with a brain tumour.
In the space of a week, his symptoms went from headaches to left sided weakness, before doctors broke the news that he had glioblastoma – a deadly form of brain cancer with low survival rates within months of diagnosis.
The effects of the aggressive cancer were devastating and his decline was rapid, from a successful corporate career to being wheelchair bound and paralysed within months. Anthony's fight sadly ended on 8 May 2017.
“I’m just like Rocky Balboa, I’m going to keep on swinging and I won't give up without a fight," Anthony said during his illness.
For Anthony and wife Jill, how this happened and why it happened to them will remain a mystery.
Bravely and inspiringly, Anthony was not prepared to give up after the fatal diagnosis. Until his final moments his focus remained on how he could help others in the future, by helping to raise awareness of the research happening at Flinders.
Now Jill is working with Flinders Foundation to honour Anthony's legacy, focussing on raising funds for research which utilises the SA Brain and Neurological Tumour Bank at Flinders - the only facility of its kind in South Australia - that could hold the answers about brain cancer and offer hope to people in Anthony's situation.
Anthony's final wish was for his own brain and tumour tissue to be donated to this important facility. Now funding is needed to support vital research, looking at ways to intervene earlier, prevent and cure deadly brain cancers.