Bailey Sweeny of Bailey Sweeny Racing & Michelle, his mum, are hosting a fund raising funds for the Charlie Teo Foundation May is Brain Cancer Awareness Month and the Charlie Teo Foundation is dedicated to funding brain cancer research with a low-cost model that’s redefining how charities operate. Our sole focus is to offer hope by funding brilliant and 'out of the box' brain cancer researchers and thinkers to find a cure for brain cancer. Bailey has set his goal at $5000 and this weekend, April 23rd 2022, will see Bailey and his mum hosting a sausage sizzle at Bunnings to raise funds and awareness.
Charlie writes of his fundraising quest: "My Grandmother Maureen passed away on the 31st August 2018 at the age of 74 years young.
Nan was diagnosed on the 10th of April 2018 with brain cancer and was only given weeks to live. We had no idea anything was wrong with her until she rang my mum and said she didn't know where she was and that she'd driven up the main street in Batemans Bay the wrong way. A town where she had lived her whole life.
She was taken to Batemans Bay Hospital, the same hospital where Nan had worked as a nurse for over 50 years. This is where our lives changed FOREVER as the diagnosis confirmed she had the worst type of brain cancer, GBM.
After endless trips to numerous doctors searching for ways we could prolong Nan's life, we kept receiving the same response, nothing further could be done. Not giving up, Mum rang Dr Charlie Teo and spoke to his office, almost pleading with him to see Nan as he was our final HOPE.
Hope it was, as we were immediately booked in to see Charlie. We arrived for Nan's appointment with this great man and he met us with a huge smile, dressed casually and wearing his favourite sneakers. We were welcomed and given HOPE in trying to extend Nan's life.
Charlie was so humble and down to earth saying, "Maureen, you have the worst possible cancer. We can't cure you but we can extend your life". Nan's face lit up and you could see she had life in her eyes because of that HOPE! We had not seen Nan like that since she was diagnosed.
This was on a Wednesday and he said "I have to go and save a little girls life in America and fly out tomorrow but I want you on my table first thing Monday morning, 6:00am."
True to his word, 6am Monday morning, Nan was ready to be operated on by this great man.
Nan had another 4 months with us until she succumbed to the terrible disease. We are so grateful that we got months rather than weeks with this remarkable lady.
Nan was my biggest fan and watched me in my younger days of Karting where she was always nervous and said " I cant look" but she would be watching between her fingers. I wish she was here to see me now in my chosen career in car racing.
My Nan's gift of inheritance allowed me to live my dreams by purchasing a car & racing in some elite series. As a tribute to my Nan & Dr Charlie Teo, I have the Charlie Teo Foundation logo on the roof of my car.
I know Nan is watching down over me and the car while I raise awareness to try and find a cure for this insidious disease.
I am so proud to be a Charlie "Warrior" and my challenge is to try and grab some podiums in all my races in May - the Toyota Gazoo Racing 86 Series & TCR Australia (Touring Car Series). I will be pushing myself to raise money and to save lives."
This Saturday, April 23rd, Bailey, his mum and supporters will be at Batemans Bay Bunnings to help support a very worthy cause. The pair extend their thanks to: SCB Distributors in Moruya for supplying drinks for the BBQ. Batehaven Bakery, Peter has donated the bread & the boys @ Batehaven Meats have added more sausages to the ones from Deli on Perry, Farmer Sam from Ulladulla. Special thanks to all the team @ Bunnings- Batemans Bay. "Thank you all. This is going to be a fantastic day" If you can't get along you can support and follow the fundraiser online HERE.