Profiling Ependymoma – Georgia Brown

Saturday 26 September is Childhood Brain Cancer Awareness Day, this year the focus is on ependymoma. 

Georgia Brown is a beautiful, active five-year-old girl. She loves playing with her sisters, painting, cooking, swimming, dancing and gymnastics.

Sadly, Georgia was only 20 months old when she was diagnosed with an anaplastic ependymoma brain cancer.

The following day after her diagnosis, she underwent emergency surgery. This surgery resulted in Georgia losing movement on her entire left side, and losing her swallow function resulting in her getting a tracheostomy. Thankfully the trache was removed after one year, and she is getting stronger with her left side and balance everyday. Other surgeries for recurrences have also caused left sided profound deafness and facial palsy, both which are permanent.

Georgia Brown
Permanent physical and neurological side effects are extremely common with paediatric brain cancer treatment, leaving up to 90% of young people with lifelong physical and mental impairments.

Georgia’s mum Rachelle says despite everything their family have been through, they’re hopeful for the future. “Nathan and I were having dinner discussing what the future could be like and came across the RCD website. Reading about Liz founding the RCD foundation gave us hope that whatever happens, it will be ok and hopefully we could one day contribute to change that Liz is forging” Rachelle said.

Georgia’s parents Rachelle and Nathan are both committing to doing 26 burpees each day in September for Connor’s Run Your Way Any Day this year, to help raise money and awareness for paediatric brain cancer research, care and development projects.

If you’d like to show your support for Georgia, feel free to donate to the Brown’s Connor’s Run page here