OUR INSPIRATION

Robert CONNOR Dawes


His awesomeness inspires our movement.
Here’s why.

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AETERNUM FORTIS


Latin’s not for everyone. But it was for Connor. A brilliant student, he thrived and loved Latin. After his diagnosis, his latin class coined the phrase Aeternum Fortis meaning Eternal Strength. It featured on bands and tshirts that his schoolmates sold to raise money for his treatment. Now, Aeternum Fortis is our eternal reminder of the amazing person he was.

THREE LITTLE BIRDS


It’s not everyday you hear that Bob Marley’s classic Three Little Birds is someone’s favourite track. But it was one of Connor’s. The lyrics speak to his kind nature and attitude throughout his life. It was only fitting that three little birds would take centre place in our logo.

HOWDY & G’DAY MATE


Connor’s was born in the mid-west United States. He spent most of his life living in Australia and loving America. Many late nights were had watching Packers games and following college basketball. A child of two countries, we found it only fitting for the fund to link Australia & the US and to make the most of research initiatives for patients.

RCD Fund - Connor's Joy

A TALE OF ADVERSITY

Throughout Connor’s treatment, his mum Liz kept a journal documenting the ups and bumps. Perhaps the next Hemmingway, Liz’s account of the 16 months is incredible. It’s stirring, heartwarming and chilling. Just make sure you have a box of tissues on hand.

Read the journal

 

IN MEMORANDUM

 

SCATTERING OF THE ASHES


Connor’s favourite place, the boatsheds on the Yarra River in Melbourne.

MEMORIAL SERVICE


Filmed in St Andrews, Brighton, Vic for friends and family around the world.

GUARD OF HONOUR


Brighton Grammar & Firbank Grammar Schools honor Connor.