2019 Phoebe Eales Melanoma Research Grants

Tuesday 12 March 2019

Applications are now open for the 2019 Phoebe Eales Melanoma Research Grants (opened 11 March 2019). Applications close on 15 April 2019.

Applications must support RBWH’s vision of providing the Diamond Standard of Cancer Care to its patients with two grants of up to $40,000 available for research programs focused on Melanoma.

Grants will be awarded on merit and decided upon by the Diamond Care Committee which includes representatives of RBWH Foundation, the RBWH Research Advisory Committee and the RBWH Executive.

These grants have been made possible through funds raised by the Million Metres for Melanoma team.  This team came together in late 2018 to smash the world record of running one million metres on a treadmill and, through their efforts, raised a staggering $300,000 to enable significant improvements in the management of melanoma patients at RBWH.

Twelve doctors from all over Queensland formed the Million Metres for Melanoma team and not only did they beat the world record, they smashed it by more than 11 hours completing the mammoth run in 71 hours 41 min and 11 sec.

Million Metres for Melanoma had its beginnings in April 2014 when 31-year-old Phoebe Eales had a mole removed during a regular skin check.

It was melanoma. After countless check-ups, scans and therapy Phoebe’s battle with melanoma ended just over a year later when this aggressive disease took her life.

During her final days, she reached out to her brother-in-law Chris Conyard asking him to help others who were also fighting melanoma.

Taking up the challenge, in April 2016, Chris and eleven of his mates completed the first Million Metres for Melanoma challenge, breaking the world record for the fastest team to row one million metres on an indoor rowing machine.  Through this campaign they raised over $132,000 for melanoma research in Melbourne in memory of Phoebe.

In 2018, Chris persuaded 11 other doctors to join him in a new million metres challenge and approached RBWH Foundation so they could raise funds to benefit melanoma patients in Queensland.

RBWH Foundation is thrilled to be able to establish these Melanoma Research Grants in Phoebe’s name and thanks to the amazing efforts of Chris and the rest of the Million Metres for Melanoma team.

Click here to read more and to apply.

For further information, call RBWH Research Services on 07 3646 2377 / 07 3646 0245.