‘Bailey’s Day’ is named after Bailey 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 half days a week.
Thus the idea for ‘Bailey’s Day’ was conceived and the annual charity golf day, auction and luncheon has raised over $3 million over the last 16 years.
These very welcome funds are used by the Monash Children’s Hospital to fund the provision of a clinical fellow each year at the Monash 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 19 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.