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14 July, 2021

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NIKKI Atherton, daughter of Professionals Real Estate sales agent Mandy Atherton, lost her battle with brain cancer in 2017. She was 22. Brain cancer is more common than most people realise. There has been no cure found even though research has been going on for 30 years.


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NIKKI Atherton, daughter of Professionals Real Estate sales agent Mandy Atherton, lost her battle with brain cancer in 2017.

She was 22.

Brain cancer is more common than most people realise. There has been no cure found even though research has been going on for 30 years.

With no improvement to the statistics there is a need to improve the situation. A cure is still being sought to stop this relentless disease that takes so many people of all ages, even the very young.

Many people have lost their lives to brain cancer in Mackay and the local community has been extremely supportive to the cause for the last four years, especially since Nikki’s passing.

Professionals Real Estate Mackay have been right behind the cause and are supporting the Beanie for Brain Cancer campaign, first started by former NRL player Mark Hughes in 2014 after he was dignosed with the condition.

Professionals Real Estate Mackay are huge supporters of the cause, with Ms Atherton being the local supplier of the beanies.

One of the Directors of Professionals, Gary Tweddle, bought all of his staff a beanie to support the cause.

The Mackay branch of the CFMEU Mining & Energy Qld have also been a huge supporter of the cause as Nikki was an employee. Since her passing they have actively been behind the campaign.

When Mark Hughes and his wife wife Kirralee and set up the Mark Hughes Foundation, he said, “we wanted to make a difference, and make a difference fast!

“When you live with brain cancer you really appreciate how precious time is. We have to make every minute count.

“We wanted to raise money for research – fast. Kiz suggested we sell beanies as a lot of brain cancer patients wear beanies to cover scars, bandages, loss of hair and just to keep warm.Thus Beanie for Brain Cancer was born in 2014.”


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