In July 2007, on the day he and his wife Caroline moved into their dream home on Sydney’s Northern Beachers, Avner Nahmani fell sick. Following two months of tests and pain, Avner was diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer.
Thirteen months later, Avner passed away.
In July 2008, Caroline, together with Avner’s workplace Woolworths, founded the Avner Nahmani Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund with the hopes of raising $1 million to fund a trial.
In July 2010, the fund incorporated as a Foundation. It is currently the only foundation in Australia exclusively dedicated to pancreatic cancer.
Currently, the Foundation’s primary aim is to tackle the woeful survival rate, through research.
The Foundation’s vision is “to break through 40 years of no progress by doubling the number of people who survive pancreatic cancer by 2020”.
The Foundation is supported by a fantastic board including Grant O’Brien, CEO of Woolworths Limited, Peter Hosking, Director of GHO, Warwick White, Former MD of Australiasia Coca-Cola Amatil and Caroline Kelly, Avner’s wife, as well as ambassadors Claire Harvey, Deputy Editor of The Sunday Telegraph and daughter of Peter Harvey and Dr Norman Swan, host of the Health Report on ABC National Radio and Tonic of ABC News24.
The Foundation hosts several ‘Put Your Foot Down’ walks throughout Australia, raising money and awareness for pancreatic cancer.
“Put Your Foot Down” Walks 2016
Perth: Sunday 19 June
Sydney: Sunday 7 August
Townsville: Sunday 28 August
Brisbane: Sunday 30 October
Adelaide: Sunday 6 November
Canberra: Sunday 20 November