Kate Longden

“I am excited to be able to contribute in any way to raising awareness and funds towards research into sarcoma. In my lifetime I have seen rapid advances in research and treatments for many diseases. It is time now for sarcoma research and treatments to advance.”

Kirsten Martensen-Arms

Sarcoma, I never thought that this word, describing such an unforgiving illness, would mean so much to us. 

In 2011, on the cricket field, we met Coop and his amazing family, watching our sons bat and bowl.

Later, through witnessing Cooper’s and his family’s struggle with sarcoma, I learnt a lot about the almost nonexistent funding and lack of attention this illness has received.

The difficulties Coops and his family faced during their battle motivated me to help this Foundation.

Cooper, with his determination and drive to create his foundation in order to find a cure for sarcoma, whilst fighting for his own life, was and is just inspirational.

I am honoured to be involved in Coops’ legacy to help others, mainly teenagers, who are suffering at this very moment.

Lisa Scribner

‘I first met the delightful Cooper when he played junior representative cricket with my son. As a mother of two boys I am devastated by the loss of Cooper. I look forward to doing whatever I can to help Tania and the rest of these wonderful people raise awareness and funds for sarcoma research in honour of a wonderful young man. ‘ – Lisa Scribner

Gloria Gapes

I was so fortunate to meet Tania through our time volunteering at school. She was always there on rugby days quietly contributing and selflessly helping out. Now I  have been given the opportunity to support Tania through the CRBF I am honoured to do so.  Cooper’s vision to find a cure for Sarcoma is living on through Tania, Colin and Mitch and I’m so pleased to be able to assist them. 

Dianne Lawrance

I admire Cooper for taking action and having such determination in the face of his own adversity. He showed both courage and care which I feel flowed from a special heart.

I admire his family for their own courage and ability to push forward through sadness with a heartfelt care to stop anyone else from suffering Sarcoma and aim to provide support to those who sadly are suffering. Sarcoma is a horrific disease.

I cannot bear the thought of another teenager enduring such fate. It is only together that we can raise funds for much needed research to find a cure.

Alison Craig

No one should have to face their own mortality at 18 – yet this is exactly what Cooper did; not only with great courage and bravery but with true inspiration, as he endeavoured to set up a legacy of some kind, to prevent other young people having to deal with this insidious disease.

Having worked in the health care industry for over 40 years – the last 14 specifically in the field of Multiple Sclerosis, I have witnessed first-hand, the extraordinary benefits of exciting new therapies discovered through research opportunities.

 As a family friend of the Rice-Bradings, I am delighted to support Tania, Colin and Mitch honour Cooper’s dream of raising awareness and funding for sarcoma research.

Dyan Comino

 I first met the Rice- Brading family through the Sydney Grammar community and was fortunate to get to know Cooper, when he played cricket with my son in 2016.

> Cooper always struck me as a sensitive, compassionate and fun loving character. My fondest memory of Coop is at a rugby match at the time he was going through chemotherapy, when amongst a sea of people I saw this beautiful, happy face greet me. It’s a memory I will never forget. I feel it a privilege to be able to assist in fulfilling Cooper’s vision.

Libby Kennedy

I felt very honoured to be a part of the Cooper Rice-Brading Foundation. Cooper was not only a loved team mate and friend of my son’s – but the Rice Brading family we have grown with on sporting sidelines, bbqing and scoring. To watch their journey through the loss of this beautiful boy, and emerge with a strength to fight this insidious disease in Cooper’s memory – I want to be a part of that legacy – not just for Cooper but for every family.

Nikki Yeaman

I eagerly put my hand up to be part of the Cooper Rice Brading Foundation for a number of reasons.

Cooper was my son’s friend and cricket team-mate, and his illness and death has had a great personal impact on our whole family. 
What also had a great impact on me was how Cooper faced his cancer, and how he forged ahead and set up the foundation to better outcomes for other Sarcoma suffers, even though his efforts could have no effect on his own situation.  I had always thought when I had built up my company enough to finally sell it, I would then have the time and money to pursue altruistic ventures.   But Cooper did this at 18, 17 when he started to work on his foundation, from his hospital bed.  Many people could live to be 100 and never achieve anything like what Copper did by the age of 18. His courage and actions are truly inspirational to me and spurred me to action. If he could do that then, what am I waiting for?
3 key numbers in stick out to me:  20% of children’s cancers are Sarcomas,50% of those children die, and that the relatively small amount 16 million dollars are needed to fund identified avenues of research and trials that are making real headway in this area. 
I hope my experience in business & marketing can help make a small but hopefully meaningful contribution to this most worthy of causes.