How my son’s training run for his upcoming rowing season became the country’s largest event for the number one cancer killer of young Australians.



How my son’s training run for his upcoming rowing season became the country’s largest event for the number one cancer killer of young Australians.

At 18 years old my brilliant, bright and talented son Robert 'Connor' Dawes lost his 16-month battle with a brain tumour. Connor was a dedicated student, rower and rugby player before an ependymoma tumour robbed him of his promising future.

After Connor passed away I knew I wanted to start a foundation to honour him, create a legacy in his name and make a difference for others facing the same cruel disease. I had no idea what that was going to look like.  A family friend suggested we create a community event. After all, our local Bayside community in Melbourne had been incredibly supportive of Connor during his diagnosis and treatment.

While brainstorming, our younger son Nick said, “Let’s do Connor’s training run”, which is the run Connor did in September 2011 just before his diagnosis. Connor wasn’t a fan of…
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