Dolphins partner with CRBF for season 2019/20

28-Nov-2019 The Eastern Suburbs Cricket Club is delighted to be supporting the Cooper Rice-Brading Foundation for the 2019/20 season.

The Cooper Rice-Brading Foundation (CRBF) is dedicated to funding clinical research into sarcoma, a cancer of the connective tissue and bone, and creating awareness of this little-known cancer. On December 1, 2020, the Foundation will launch the Patient Care initiative, which will provide much needed practical and emotional support for sarcoma patients and families upon diagnosis and beyond. CRBF is a registered Australian Charity with Deductible Gift Recipient status.

While sarcomas can affect all ages, they disproportionately affect children, adolescents and young adults. Despite being classified as a rare cancer, one in five childhood cancers is a sarcoma.

CRBF and the cause they are fighting for, are particularly poignant for the Eastern Suburbs Cricket Club as founder, Cooper Rice-Brading, played his junior cricket at the club. Cooper was a robust, sport-loving teenager entering his HSC year when a suspected cricket injury revealed a diagnosis of osteosarcoma.

Cooper’s mission, conceived from his hospital bed, was to change the current trajectory of sarcoma and on the 28th of March 2017 Cooper launched the foundation which would proudly bear his name.

Cooper tragically lost his life to sarcoma some four months later, on August 24th, 2017.

Earlier this year, CRBF announced they would be funding a world first trial for young sarcoma patients, through the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, which will be in operation by Q2, 2020. This will provide untold hope for those patients currently living with limited treatment options. To read more click here.

Cooper's brother, Mitchell fondly recalls both he and Cooper’s time in the Easts Dolphins Juniors growing up, as well as what it means to the Rice-Brading family to be partnered with Eastern Suburbs Cricket Club.

"Much like thousands of other kids around Australia, the arrival of Summer meant one thing to Coops and I growing up: Cricket.

"From the tiny synthetic pitches in Centennial Park, to the turf wickets across Sydney, cricket proudly consumed many of our summers, with some of my fondest memories spent donning the red, white, and blue.

"Having Coops's legacy, the Cooper Rice-Brading Foundation, imprinted on the back of a jersey he proudly wore while enjoying some of the happiest summers of his brief life, is of enormous sentimental importance to our entire family.

"We are so very thankful to Eastern Suburbs Cricket Club for providing CRBF with the platform to partner with the club for the 2019/20 season, and to know how proud Coops would have been, to have the club that meant so much to him, continue his vision to make sarcoma history, and in doing so, honouring his memory."

NSW Blues and Eastern Suburbs Cricket Club player Baxter Holt is an Ambassador of the Foundation. Baxter spent much time playing against Cooper in the Sydney GPS Cricket Competition and formed a special relationship with Cooper during his illness.

On the partnership, Baxter said "I am privileged to be able to play this great game that Cooper and I love. I hope that in some way my ambassadorial role can help the foundation create awareness and support for the research into Sarcoma in Coopers name. It is such an important cause"

Following confirmation of Eastern Suburbs Cricket Club’s support of CRBF, Club President Jim Maxwell AM said "We are very proud as a club to be associated with The Cooper Rice-Brading Foundation. Cooper's story was one of great courage and his legacy is for us to all challenge a greater understanding of sarcoma. As an Eastern Suburbs Cricket Junior cricketer, Cooper’s story is sadly too close and any way the club can help on his mission is our focus"

If you want to know any more about CRBF or wish to donate to the cause, click here.

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