What does superannuation have to do with blood cancer?
Seven riders and three support crew – all employees of industry super fund Vision Super – took part in the Murray to Moyne charity bike ride last weekend, as part of the fund’s support for blood cancer research.
Vision Super is partnering with Snowdome and Peter Mac, providing $300,000 to support genetic testing of blood cancer patients in order to tailor medicines to individual patients. This personalised treatment approach is more effective than conventional blood cancer treatments.
Vision Super CEO Stephen Rowe said the fund’s involvement with the Snowdome Foundation was related to the insurance function of the super fund.
“Vision Super staff processing insurance claims noticed that many of the claims were cancer-related,” Stephen Rowe said.
“In fact, about a quarter of Vision’s total and permanent disability claims are cancer-related and in almost half of paid life insurance claims where a member has passed away, the death was caused by cancer.
“We realised this was something affecting our members, and we were motivated to do something about it.”
Peter Mac’s Clinical and Laboratory Haematologist and Vision Super-Snowdome Foundation Fellow, Dr Piers Blombery, leads the personalised treatment program.
“This testing is at the core of the emerging field of ‘personalised medicine’ for blood cancers. It is particularly important for patients with blood cancers who have a poor response or who relapse much sooner than would be expected after conventional treatment,” Dr Blombery said.
“For those patients, this service can save lives or dramatically improve treatment outcomes, and so we are very grateful to Vision Super and the Snowdome Foundation for their support.”
This will be the third year in a row Vision’s staff will participate in the Murray to Moyne ride. They are on track to raise $100,000 over the three years.
All of the funds raised by Vision Super from this year’s ride will go to the Snowdome Foundation.
Vision Super’s staff rode 90 km from Hamilton to Port Fairy on 2 April.