Supporting Brain Cancer Research in Memory of Pippa Rea

By Virginia Rea

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Friday 5th Mar
In March 2015, Virginia's daughter Pippa, aged 11, died of a DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma), the most aggressive form of paediatric brain cancer, which only occurs in young children. Initially diagnosed in June 2013, Pippa was the inaugural recipient of the RCD Foundation’s Yoga and Music Therapy programs and won a special place in our hearts. Pippa’s tumour was donated post mortem to the RCH Tumour Tissue Bank, resulting in the sharing of live cell lines across the world for research into paediatric brain cancer. A trust recognising this important contribution has since been established in Pippa’s name at the Tissue Bank. In recognition and memory of Pippa, RCDF are the major annual contributor to the trust and its work into paediatric brain cancer research. Virginia continues to be an avid supporter, fundraiser and advocate of the RCD Foundation.

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Greg Barns

Hi Virginia - we met many years ago with Dan and Julie Liptak. Julie sent me a photo of you and me at a dinner at the Museum. She told me about your daughter - so sorry to hear it.


John O’brien

I was walking along the beach in Port Fairy late last night and came across Pippa’s memorial. We were staying for a short break with our two girls aged 3 and 1. I read your blog today and it broke my heart. Pippa sounded special. Thinking of you in your loss, even all these years later.