Lions supporting vital research in Rheumatism and Arthritis

1 in 6 Australians are currently living with arthritis. That’s almost 4 million people and it’s expected to be 5.4 million by 2030.  

Rheumatism and arthritis can affect anyone at any age, and can cause significant pain and disability. 

The Lions Rheumatism and Arthritis Medical Foundation is on a mission to support research to help control and possibly eliminate rheumatic and arthritic diseases.  

With the help of Lions Clubs and their communities right across Australia, the Lions Rheumatism and Arthritis Medical Research Foundation has donated over $460,000 to rheumatism and arthritis research.  

The Foundation has worked closely with Monash University providing pieces of equipment to help fund vital work. The Foundation has also sponsored a PHD student for 3 years.  

Recently a $10,000 donation was made to Monash University to purchase equipment for the Psoriatic Arthritis team.  

For more information on The Lions Rheumatism and Arthritis Medical Foundation visit http://www.lionsrheumatismfoundation.org.au 

Lions Alzheimer’s Foundation supports new children’s book to better explain dementia

One of the fastest growing diseases in Australia, Alzheimer’s is now the second largest cause of death.  

Research into the causes and prevention of Alzheimer’s has never been more important and Lions Alzheimer’s Foundation is committed to raising awareness and the much-needed funds to support this vital work. 

The Foundation has recently teamed up with celebrity chef Maggie Beer to contribute to a national breakthrough book: A children’s picture book about living well with dementia. 

Dancing with Memories is written by Sally Yule and illustrated by Cheryl Orsini. 

Professor Martins was West Australian of the Year 2010 and Maggie Beer was Senior Australian of the Year. They collaborated on the successful Recipes for Life book, published in 2019. 

In the book, Professor Martins provides expert advice with a dementia Q&A and Maggie contributes recipes for healthy children’s food. 

The book is available at: www.dancingwithmemories.com.au or email sally@dancingwithmemories.com.au 

Part proceeds go to the Lions Alzheimer’s Research Foundation and the Maggie Beer Foundation, raising funds to support vital research in aged care and dementia. 

Lions Spinal Cord Fellowship raising funds for Step Ahead Australia

Spinal cord injury affects millions of people around the world and around 20,000 Australians are currently living with a spinal cord injury. The cost to patients and their families is significant. In Australia it is estimated to be $2 billion annually. 

Despite the costs and impact of spinal cord injury, funding to find a cure for chronic spinal cord injury is limited.  

The Lions Australia Spinal Cord Fellowship is committed to raising awareness and funds to support more research. 100% of funds raised by the Fellowship are provided to Step Ahead Australia, a leading Australian organization on a mission to improve the quality of life for patients and find a cure for spinal cord injury.  

Traumatic spinal cord injury results in the loss of neurons, support cells and the failure of severe nerve fibres to regenerate across sites of injury and re- establish neural circuits.  

Quadriplegia or Tetraplegia is the partial or complete paralysis of the upper and lower portion of the body, including legs, trunk arms and hands. Quadriplegia is a neck injury. Paraplegia is the partial or complete paralysis of the lower portion of the body, including the legs and, in many cases, some or all the trunk. Paraplegia is a back injury. 

By supporting the most innovative scientists and clinicians in Australia and throughout the world, StepAhead Australia is focused on the development of breakthrough nervous system repair technologies that can have a major impact on the quality of life for people suffering with these chronic disorders. 

To date the Lions Spinal Cord Fellowship has raised in excess of $2.3 million for StepAhead Australia.  

For more information on The Lions Spinal Cord Fellowship visit https://lascf.org.au 

For more information on StepAhead Australia visit http://www.stepahead.org.au 

Childhood cancer research is getting a $1.05 million boost thanks to Australian Lions Childhood Cancer Research Foundation

More than 800 children aged 0-14 years are diagnosed with cancer in Australia each year. Many of these cancers are aggressive and hard to treat and we are losing too many young lives. 

Although survival rates have improved greatly for some, most cancers take a toll on young people’s lives and often side effects of treatment can be serious and lifelong. 

Over the past 10 years, the Australian Lions Childhood Research Foundation has raised over $10 million for childhood cancer research.  

The latest project is $1.05 million of funding to the Telethon Kids Institute to support the Centre’s vital research aimed at improving survival rates, longevity and quality of life for children with cancer. 

“At Australian Lions Childhood Cancer Research Foundation we believe every child deserves a chance at a healthy life,” Australian Lions Childhood Cancer Research Foundation Chairperson John Thorpe said. “We are very proud to be providing $1.05 million worth of funding to Telethon Kids.” 

Chair of the Telethon Kids Institute, the Hon. Julie Bishop, said they are excited to be partnering with such a well-respected, community-oriented organisation like Lions Australia. 

“We are so grateful for Australian Lions Childhood Cancer Research Foundation’s support,” Ms Bishop said. “This $1.05 million in funding will enable the Telethon Kids Cancer Centre to continue its leading research into childhood cancer – particularly in the area of cancer immunotherapy, which focuses on supercharging the body’s natural defences to destroy cancer cells.”  

Visit Australian Lions Childhood Cancer Research Foundation for more information.