A beautiful brain

By Khang Chiem

Your generosity has helped exceed the target!!

Dearest family and friends

Ben’s family and I would like to share with you this exciting news - we have reached the target of $84,000 with your help in the last week; in fact, we have exceeded the target (combined total $87,636 between the GoFundMe and St Vincent’s Foundation fundraising pages)!!! We are absolutely humbled by your generosity. Thank you so much!!

As some of you are aware, we awarded $50,000 to the research project by Dr Lucy Gately that aims to identify the clinical, molecular and psychological profiles of long-term survivors of GBM. On 14 May 2018, the St Vincent’s Foundation organised a morning tea to award the $50,000 to the research project and to put a donor leaf on the Donation Tree in the Cancer Centre. The remaining $37,000 will go towards the expansion of a clinical trial by Professor Jennifer Philips to provide early palliative care for 40 GBM patients and their carers. Early palliative care for GBM patient is an area that needs further research, especially given our lived experience in the last few weeks and days of Ben’s life.

Again, Ben’s family and I cannot thank you enough for your boundless generosity, love and care. Your donations will certainly improve the lives of those affected by brain cancer. If you want to continue donating, or if you know of people who would like to donate, please donate here.

Our utmost gratitude,

Leske family and Khang Chiem

23 June 2018

Ben's wish....

To find a cure for brain cancer.

Ben was living with cancer for 6 years and was a patient at St Vincent’s Hospital.  

Ben documented his final months, living with the disease and wish to fund a cure.

Watch the film here:

Ben's story

Ben lived with brain cancer for 6 years, and sadly lost his fight in March 2018. 

Just 5% of cancer research goes to brain cancer and it was Ben's wish to find a cure for cancer. 

Please support Ben’s wish and help us fund vital research into brain cancer. 



Thank you to my Sponsors












Catrina Seiffert

Happy travels wherever you are our dear friend. Looking forward to sharing a meal when you return. Congrats on the amazing work in all this fundraising. We all miss Ben immensely and I hope you are able to take life one day at a time. Much love x


Fiona & Lance Sheldrick


Kate G

Was an absolute pleasure to look after Ben and get to know you both. A shining loss to this world!


Fiona Inchley


Khuyen Nguyen




Marieka And Amy


Rachael Staker

So touched by your story.


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