Friends of Jesse Cox launch Mt Kosciuszko fundraiser for Rare Cancers Australia

Friends and family of the late Jessie Cox,  including writer Benjamin Law, Audible Australia chief Matthew Gain, ABC TV producer – and Jesse’s wife – Que Minh Luu and media staff from the ABC, FBi Radio and Fairfax will be participating in a fundraising claim of Mt Kosciuszko next month to raise funds for rare cancer research.

The announcement;

Climbing a mountain in ‘high camp’ to raise money for rare cancers

Friends and family of one of Australia’s most innovative radio makers, Jesse Cox, will celebrate his memory by climbing Mt Kosciuszko on March 17 to raise money for rare cancers.

“Jesse Cox had several passions in life. Telling good stories. The great outdoors. Healthy competition. Boldly combining Birkenstocks and socks. He also had a penchant for decking himself out in high-end camping gear – a style some of us would refer to as ‘high camp’.”

“We are banding together for a challenge that seems particularly suited to honour Jesse’s memory. Together, we will climb from Thredbo to the summit of Mount Kosciuszko to help Rare Cancers Australia in their mission to improve awareness, support and treatment of Australians with rare and less common cancers.”

“We might even do it combining socks and sandals.”

Rare cancers are responsible for more than half of all cancer deaths in Australia each year but receive just 12 per cent of the available research funding.

At the end of 2017, Jesse suddenly died from a rare cancer – a soft-tissue cancer called alveolar soft part sarcoma, which had unexpectedly spread to his brain.

“Losing a loved one to cancer – especially a rare cancer – is devastating. Losing Jesse has been particularly hard: he was only 31.”

“He had so much ahead of him, having just won a Walkley – the nation’s most prestigious journalism prize – before starting a new job as head of content at Audible doing what he did best: telling people’s stories through sound and audio.”

“We are Jesse’s family and friends. All of us – his parents Louise and Mark, brother Jack, wife Que, two-year-old son Alfie, and his friends and colleagues – miss him terribly.”

More than 52,000 Australians are diagnosed with a rare cancer each year and 100% of the money raised through the Kosciuszko Challenge goes towards Rare Cancer Australia’s work to improve the lives and outcomes for these people.

Rare Cancers Australia is a Federal Government-classified Health Promotion Charity, which means all donations over AU $2 are fully tax deductible.

The donations page is here: http://www.kosichallenge.com.au/my-fundraising/310/high-camp

From the fundraiser’s media release


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