‘Bailey’s Day’ is named after Bailey, the son of Kerryn and Patrick Tessier, who died of a brain tumour in 2004 at just two and a half years old.
While Bailey was being treated, the Tessiers were amazed that due to a lack of sufficient funding, only one oncologist – Dr Peter Downie – was employed. In addition to this, his time was divided between Monash Children’s Hospital’s Cancer Centre and the Royal Children’s Hospital, meaning that children with cancer were only being treated two days a week.
Thus the idea for ‘Bailey’s Day’ was conceived and the annual charity golf day, auction and luncheon has raised nearly $3 million over the last 14 years.
These very welcome funds are used by the Monash Medical Centre in Clayton to fund the employment of a clinical fellow at its Children’s Cancer Centre, meaning that children with cancer are now being treated every single day of the week. Bailey’s Day has also funded the training of 17 Oncologists and dramatically improved the quality of care protocol.
This year again we aim to donate a significant sum to the Monash Health Foundation to fund further research into brain tumour biology with your help.