Day for Derek 2019 to raise funds for brain cancer research

A day out with Dad: Derek Kerry and his son Riley enjoy a game at MacDonald Jones Stadium watching a Newcastle Knights game not long before his death. Picture supplied
A day out with Dad: Derek Kerry and his son Riley enjoy a game at MacDonald Jones Stadium watching a Newcastle Knights game not long before his death. Picture supplied

A mother's love for her child is one of the unbreakable bonds, with some willing to try anything to help them.

For Gloucester's Suzanne Landers, neurosurgeon Dr Charlie Teo offered her hope when no one would after her son, Derek Kerry was diagnosed with brain cancer.

Although, at age 32, Derek died from the disease, Suzanne believes that Dr Teo's methods and determination are the best path to curing brain cancer.

"There has been very little change to brain cancer surgery in the last 30 years," Suzanne said.

"Charlie (Dr Teo) is game to do surgery when other won't. They will tell you to go home and die."

Believing there is much work to be done, and embracing Dr Teo's mantra about brilliant, original minds who are not afraid to push boundaries and think well outside the box, Suzanne will be holding the event on Saturday, July 6.

Again taking place at her home, Airlie Homestead in Rawdon Vale, the day's events will kick off at 10am and run until 3pm.

Activities on the day will include a historic tour of the homestead, Devonshire teas on the verandahs, market-style stalls, an animal nursery and a duck race in the Kerripet River.

Community and ambassador manager for the Charlie Teo Foundation, Marcella Zemanek will be attending this year's event on behalf of the organisation.

Day for Derek 2017: Perth Wildcats captain and Gloucester native Damian Martin with Derek's family, Shaun, Charlize, Riley and Preston Kerry. Photo supplied by Shaun Kerry.

Day for Derek 2017: Perth Wildcats captain and Gloucester native Damian Martin with Derek's family, Shaun, Charlize, Riley and Preston Kerry. Photo supplied by Shaun Kerry.

"The funds for the last Day For Derek in 2017 were donated to Cure For Brain Cancer before we launched the Charlie Teo Foundation in March 2018," Marcella explained.

"I cannot stress enough how important it is for funds to be donated to us for our continuing work into brain cancer research."

Self-proclaimed rebel with a cause, Dr Teo started the Charlie Teo Foundation as something different and game-changing, and more to the point, a foundation that represents his mantra of thinking outside the box. It's dedicated to funding brain cancer research with a low-cost model.

Dr Teo is planning to attend this year's event, along with Federal member for Lyne, Dr David Gillespie, who attended the 2017 event. As the former Assistant Minister for Rural Health and a medical practitioner, Dr Gillespie wants to support health improvements where he can.

"Brain cancer is difficult to treat. Research gets breakthroughs which leads to more breakthroughs," Dr Gillespie said.