Senator Nick Xenophon pays tribute to Erin Griffin May 10, 2017
Published on May 11, 2017, by Erin Forever 14

Parliament of Australia – May 10, 2017

I want to finish off by making reference to one person a remarkable young woman that got me involved in this very issue in the first place and that is Erin Griffin who came from one of Adelaide’s beautiful beachside suburbs. In February 2012 she was diagnosed with one of the ugliest cancers of all, DIPG. She was just 11 years old. I was privileged enough to meet Erin, to speak about her in the Senate, to instigate this inquiry into rare cancers.  Erin couldn’t accept that we had not yet found a cure for her aggressive brain cancer. Neither can I and neither should any of us. In the days before she died on September the 1st 2014, Erin, so gravely ill was still speaking out on national TV urging all of us to find a cure. And I pay tribute to her mother, Amanda Griffin, who every day of her life in a loving tribute to a daughter is keeping that fight forward for a cure to brain cancer.  So Mr. Deputy President. We can do better. We’re a clever country. We should be at the forefront internationally finding a cure for brain cancer.

For more information about this inquiry, please visit the Select Committee into Funding for Research into Cancers with Low Survival Rates

"Erin could not accept that we had not yet found a cure for her aggressive brain cancer. Neither can I and neither should any of us", Senator Nick Xenophon May 10, 2017
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Senator Nick Xenophon pays tribute to Erin Griffin

“Erin Griffin couldn’t accept that we had not yet found a cure for her aggressive brain cancer [DIPG] Neither can I, and neither should any of us!”, Nick Xenophon, May 10, 2017

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