Pancare and Hawthorn Football Club unite for ‘Dare to Hope’
Pancare Foundation is excited to announce a new partnership with the Hawthorn Football Club, in preparation for next month’s ‘Dare to Hope’ AFL match which will raise funds and new levels of awareness for pancreatic cancer.
The match will take place on July 17, 2022 (AFL Round 18) when Hawthorn hosts West Coast at the mighty MCG in Melbourne.
The inaugural match will launch the Dare to Hope campaign, developed by former Hawthorn premiership player and 1991 Norm Smith Medallist, Paul Dear, who is currently living with pancreatic cancer.
We are thrilled and honoured to help champion this inspiring event and we anticipate it to be a very special day for both spectators and those involved.
About the Dare to Hope AFL match
The Sunday 17 July fixture will drive awareness of pancreatic cancer, along with raising money for the new Dare to Hope: Paul Dear Pancreatic Cancer Fund.
This dedicated fund will support research to discover new, innovative treatment options to better treat pancreatic cancer, in partnership with Pancare Foundation.
Paul Dear and his family are set to attend the Dare to Hope match against the Eagles, which coincides with the 31-year anniversary of Hawthorn’s 1991 Grand Final win over West Coast and Paul’s best-on-ground performance where he was awarded the prestigious Norm Smith Medal.
The Dear family will give a special address at the Hawthorn President’s Function in addition to forming a guard of honor as the playing group take to the field. Game day attendees and TV viewers will be encouraged to donate to support the Dare to Hope fund. Tickets to the game can be purchased from Ticketek.
About Paul Dear
After a celebrated 123-game career in the brown and gold from 1987 to 1996, Dear was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2020, one of Australia’s deadliest cancers.
Over the past 21 months, together with his wife, Cherie and their four children, Paul has maintained a rebellious determination to live without fear—to find joy, embrace optimism and explore a wide range of treatments and complementary therapies to give him the best chance of fighting pancreatic cancer.
Through resilience and sheer dedication, Dear and his family have taken control of their journey to fight this disease by daring to hope, and inspiring others similarly impacted.
About Dare to Hope
Dare to Hope aims to improve public awareness and education, in addition to funding research for innovative treatments to better treat pancreatic cancer. All funds raised will be channelled into the Dare to Hope: Paul Dear Pancreatic Cancer Fund.
The Fund will support the work of Pancare Foundation to:
- Increase awareness and drive education initiatives for pancreatic cancer.
- Support research to discover innovative treatments for pancreatic cancer through the Paul Dear Pancreatic Cancer Research Fellowship.
- Build upon our understanding of the treatment approaches that can improve quality of life for patients.
- Provide hope to families around the world seeking better outcomes for people with pancreatic cancer.
Together with award winning sports filmmaker, Peter Dickson from Dickson Films, the family have been working on a short film to document Paul’s journey with pancreatic cancer.
The documentary follows Paul’s experience living with cancer and his journey with integrative therapies; from the shock of his initial diagnosis through to life-saving surgery and his desire to see outcomes change to better support patients.
It is expected that the documentary will be finaised by October 2022.
To learn more about the campaign or to donate visit daretohope.com.au
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