Brain Cancer & Us

When I began the journey of dog&boy, little did I know one experience would inexplicably change my life, forever.

In early 2015, dog&boy was gaining momentum, with the aim of a mid-year launch. I had a hundred things happening all at once and it was exciting, exhilarating even.

But it all came to a grinding halt on Easter Sunday. My mum phoned to say she’d had a fall about a week earlier and still had this feeling of weakness on one side.

My sister, a doctor, was extremely concerned and told her to go straight to the hospital. My sister and I flew from Melbourne to Brisbane that afternoon.

And my world went dark.


Several scans and MRIs later, mum was diagnosed with a super-aggressive necrotising glioblastoma multiforme. Basically, a massive brain cancer.

Totally inoperable, totally untreatable.

All we could do was to spend what very short time left with mum and provide her the love, care, and dignity she deserved.

Mum passed away a month to the day of her diagnosis on May 4, 2015.

Every five hours, one person is diagnosed with brain cancer in Australia. That’s four people a day.

It’s not known what causes brain cancer. It appears to occur randomly and treatment is challenging because it affects our most vital organ. Yet brain cancer research is one of the least funded in Australia.

dog&boy is privileged to give a percentage of every dog&boy sale to Cure Brain Cancer Foundation, so that someone else’s mum, grandma, wife, or loved one has the chance to continue their journey and enjoy the beauty and love of every day.

– Sonya x