Project Penny

By BDO

Help us raise funds for the RBWH CAR-T Cell Program: Innovative and lifesaving cancer treatment in Australia

Together with the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital (RBWH) Foundation, BDO has committed to raising $100,000 in honour of our wonderful friend and colleague former Client Relations Executive Director, Penny Flynn.

Your support will help us get to our goal, and advance CAR-T Cell Therapy, an innovative and potentially life-saving clinical trial and cancer treatment in Brisbane.

What is CAR-T Cell Therapy?

In short, it’s a game changer.

CAR-T Cell therapy is a new generation of cancer treatment that modifies a patient’s own immune cells (T cells) to treat cancer. T cells are extracted from the patient’s body, genetically reprogrammed to recognise and destroy cancer cells, then infused into the patient’s bloodstream. This process requires the manufacture of a dedicated CAR-T cell product for each patient. T cells are currently genetically modified in the US before being returned to Australia as CAR-T cells.

Your donation will help advance the manufacture of CAR-T cells in Queensland using leading edge technology, bypassing the long and costly process of seeking large volumes of cells from overseas.

Many cancer patients have exhausted all treatment options for a cure. Together with the RBWH Foundation, you can change the future of cancer research and treatment in Brisbane and honour Penny's memory.

The RBWH Cancer Care Service—the largest cancer centre in Queensland—is one of only six adult centres in Australia accredited for CAR-T cell collection and administration, and the only centre in Queensland with this expertise. This amazing world-class technology now provides hope for people like Penny, right here in Queensland.

Your support will advance this innovative RBWH CAR-T Cell Therapy Program to the next stage: funding the manufacture of CAR-T cell treatment 'building blocks' here in Brisbane, using USA/European technology – quickly, cost-effectively, and close to home.

Your tax-deductible donation (which BDO has pledged $50,000 to match) will fund the expansion of the RBWH CAR-T Therapy Program so more patients can access this life-saving technology.

About Penny Flynn

When 61-year-old Penny Flynn went to the doctor about a persistent dry cough in 2018, little did she realise the gruelling journey ahead.

The former BDO Client Relations Executive Director was soon diagnosed with ALL—Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia —a type of cancer that affects the blood and bone marrow. Although more common and mostly curable in children, the outlook for adults with ALL is far less positive.

After several rounds of chemotherapy and bone marrow treatment at RBWH, Penny’s only remaining option was CAR-T Cell Therapy.

Sadly, Penny’s fight ended on Friday 11 December 2020 before CAR-T cell treatment was possible.

Penny’s legacy continues today, with our mission to bring hope to other cancer patients—and provide innovative treatment when no other option is left.

Thank you for your generous and kind support in helping us reach our goal to fund this new generation of cancer treatment in Penny's honour.

For more information about CAR-T Cell Therapy, please watch the video below.

My Achievements

Added a blog

75% of fundraising goal

Raised $100

Raised $500

My Updates

CAR-T Cell Cancer Treatment - RBWH

Monday 17th Apr

Thank you to my Sponsors

$25k

B D O

$5k

Duncan Baillie

$5k

Duncan Baillie

$5k

Susan Rix

$3k

Kasey O'sullivan

$2.12k

Tony Schiffmann

$2k

Anonymous

$1.17k

Adele Gay Townsend

$1.06k

Tim Kendall

$1,000

Anonymous

$1,000

Brendan Balasekeran

$750

Steven Sorbello

$602

Margaret Rix

$530

Margot Baillie

$530

Tony Young

$530

Tim Mann

$530

Reece Edwards

$530

John And Debbie Bryant

$525

Margot Baillie

We hope this research will lead to advances in CART-T Cell Therapy for patients of RBWH

$500

Dana Flynn

$500

Yatra Forudi

$500

Michael Cutri

$500

Mark

$265

Kim Colyer

$265

Dylan Byrne

$212

Deb Le Garde & Allan Strong

Great project Susan. We look froward to receiving updates and best wishes for reaching your goal. Regards Allan & Deb

$212

Matthew Allington

$210

Helen Newman

$210

Anna Berryman

$200

Dana Flynn

$200

Cameron And Lisa Macmillan

Thank you Susan Rix and BDO for leading this amazing initiative in honour of Penny's memory.

$200

Carmen Lee

$106

Dylys Bertelsen Oam

$106

Aly Johnson

Well done BDO for partnering with RBWH for such a wonderful cause. Penny would be chuffed!

$106

Shaun Mckinnon

$106

Michelle A Schultz

$106

Maree Griffin

Such a great cause

$106

Sally Preston

$106

Richard Swaby

$106

Phillip Di Bella

An amazing human gone far too early

$106

Louise D’allura

$106

Reece Walker

$106

Pranil Kumar

$106

Michelle Schultz

$106

Tanya Titman

Such a worthy cause - keep up the great work!

$106

Suzy Munt

$100

Wallis Nersesian

$100

Bill Matley

$100

Iain Craig

A worthy cause

$100

Peter O'sullivan

$100

Bianca Cramb

Penny you are an absolute firecracker. I bet you are lighting up heaven. You worked so hard to support others and see them succeed. I know you’d be so proud of the people at BDO for making this happen. Lots of love to you. B x

$100

William Tuffley

$100

Shaun Conroy

Great cause.

$100

Selina Leung

$100

Sharon Houghton

$75

Nadeyn Barbieri

Thank you Rotary Brisbane High-Rise for your support.

$58.30

Ryan Liddell

$58.30

Anonymous

$58.30

Anonymous

$58.30

Elizabeth Wagner

$58.30

David Mcveigh

$58.02

Amanda Baker

$55

William Tuffley

$55

Jayden Coulston

$55

Gianna Di Bella

Keeping Penny's memory alive

$55

Minna Zhu

We will always miss you Penny!

$55

Bdo

$53

Shaye Hageman

$53

Clare Ellul

$53

Steve Fimmano

$53

Karen Ashdown

$52.50

Lisa Spencer

$52.50

Vivien Chan

$50

Carmen Russell

I knew Penny since about 1999, when I first met her daughter at school. She was such an inspiration! I hope that these donations can make a huge difference to those people and families currently battling.

$50

Craig Mitchell

$47.70

Anonymous

$26.50

Laura Mccabe

$26.50

Niki

$26.50

Rachel Smith

$26.50

Liz Baxter

$25

Alisha Parackal

$25

Dave

$21

Seph Panopoulos

$20

James Walker

$15.90

Mary

$15

Nadeyn Barbieri

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