Music for Life Guest Speakers
Founder, Charlie Teo Foundation
Professor Charlie Teo AM
Prof Teo is the only Australian neurosurgeon to be Board Certified in both Australia and the U.S. He has been invited to many distinguished universities in more than 50 countries as Visiting Professor, including Johns Hopkins, Vanderbilt and Stanford universities in the USA, Marburg University in Germany and the Karolinska Institute in Sweden.
Prof Teo primarily works at the Prince of Wales Private Hospital in Sydney and has established the internationally acclaimed Centre for Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery. His work here has extended the lives of many children and adults with brain tumours, some of which have been previously considered to be ‘inoperable’.
His efforts have been recognised both at home and abroad. In 2011 he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for his pioneering efforts in the development of minimally invasive techniques in neurosurgeon. In 2012 he was invited to give the Australia Day Address to the Nation and in 2013 Prof Teo was the first Australian non-politician to address the US Congress on the need for more funding for brain cancer research. Prof Teo has also been named the Most Trusted Person in Australia for the last five consecutive years.
Prof Teo’s commitment to drive awareness and funding for brain cancer research began in 2011 when he founded Cure for Life Foundation (now Cure Brain Cancer Foundation). It further deepen and intensified in 2017 when he founded the Charlie Teo Foundation, which will continue to raise awareness and fund the frontlines of brain cancer research, with a focus on Australian research, clinical trials and patients.
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For more information: Charlie Teo Foundation Website
Founder, Music for Life
In 2008, Music for Life founder Ann Willmington was diagnosed with a brain tumour and told she had 18 months to three years to live. Ann then visited Dr Charlie Teo and after three operations, radiotherapy and chemotherapy she was given a second chance.
Ann is now dedicated to finding a cure for brain cancer, and to help achieve this she came up with the idea of Music for Life, a gala ball that is held in Penrith each year. The first Music for Life Ball was held in 2011 and raised $33,000 for brain cancer research.
Music for Life is designed to be a fun night with great musical entertainment, a three-course scrumptious meal and of course auctions and fundraising. Ann believes if you put on a great event the money will come. The event normally sells out with up to 500 guests.
Music for Life has successfully raised over $411,168 for Brain Cancer since our first ball and we will continue to work with Charlie Teo Foundation to raise funds and awareness for brain cancer research. We are determined to make 2018 our most successful year yet.