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This young woman with cancer wished for a fairy-tale wedding

Shortly after Serge and his wife Emma began dating in 2013, Emma received some difficult news—she had Stage 4 melanoma and only three months left due to her terminal diagnosis.

Mater Foundation cancer research gave Emma more treatment options compared to those diagnosed with Stage 4 melanoma a couple of years earlier. More treatment options gave Emma and Serge the time to get married, and more time together. Sadly, Emma passed on after three years, but during that time she committed herself to raising awareness and funds for cancer research.

Mater hospitals see more than 500,000 patients every year.


Now Serge has taken on her legacy. “I choose to support Mater Foundation Brisbane because it’s such a great cause. Cancer research gave Emma and I more time together. More time together allowed us to get a puppy, and to buy and renovate our home - it allowed us to make more memories.”

Mater Foundation Brisbane made it possible

Mater Foundation Brisbane believes in helping to revolutionise healthcare for your community. As a community-based fundraising organisation, they ensure your generosity supports the world-class research institute, Mater Research and the exceptional work of Mater Health and Mater Education. Mater Research is the key beneficiary of the funds raised through Mater Prize Home lottery.

Mater Research conducts research into important health issues in your community. Each of the five key areas of research are closely integrated with clinical services provided at Mater, meaning researchers and clinicians are able to translate their findings from the ‘bench to the bedside’ faster than ever before.

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Your impact

In 2016, Mater Foundation provided Mater Research with $12.4 million in funding. This equates to nearly 40% of Mater Research’s income. The five key research areas include:

  • Cancer biology and care
    Preventing and fighting cancer.
  • Neurosciences and cognitive health
    Improving brain and nervous system health.
  • Chronic disease biology and care
    Improving treatment outcomes and prevention of chronic diseases like diabetes.
  • Mothers', babies and women's health
    Improving health in pregnancy, childbirth and early life.
  • Optimising acute care
    Optimising emergency, surgical and intensive care management of acutely ill patients to improve their recovery and health outcomes.