Win dinner with Charlie Teo

ANN Willmington is taking her battle against brain cancer to one of the biggest fund-raisers Penrith will see.

"Only 25 per cent of brain tumour patients survive," Mrs Willmington said.

"I'm one of the fortunate ones."

This year's second Music For Life Gala Ball, which raises money for brain cancer research, hosts world-renowned Sydney neurosurgeon Charlie Teo at Penrith Panthers on Friday, June 15.

First prize is dinner with Dr Teo.

Mrs Willmington was one of his patients after she was diagnosed with the disease more than three years ago.

She and her husband, Wayne Willmington, operate the South Penrith radio station Vintage FM.

When first told she had cancer, Mrs Willmington was given about 18 months to live. She refused to accept that and contacted Dr Teo.

"If Ann hadn't gone to Charlie Teo, she wouldn't be here," Mr Willmington said. "Ann has dedicated her life to finding a cure."

Mr Willmington said one of the more tragic aspects of brain cancer was its increasing prevalence among young people.

Mrs Willmington said it was surprising that brain cancer did not have a "high profile" like that of breast and prostate cancers.

"We've got to find a cure for brain cancer," she said. "That's why Dr Teo is coming to Music for Life."

Mr Willmington said the fund-raiser had few administrative costs.

He said this meant that nearly all the money raised would go to Dr Teo's Cure for Life Foundation.

"We want to raise more than $100,000 on the night," he said. "We'd also like donations from businesses: anything that can be auctioned."

Mrs Willmington's cancer is not completely beaten and she recently needed more surgery and radiation therapy.

But she said she was determined to beat the disease in every way possible.

"I'm not going to worry about it too much," she said. "But I'd be lost without Willmo [Wayne] here and all these people helping."

The Music for Life Gala Ball is at Penrith Panthers Pavilion on Friday, June 15, at 7pm.

Details: 4721 5755.

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