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This weekend, 17 & 18 August 2019, E30 Racing heads to the iconic Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit for Round 5 of the 2019 Garagistic BMW Driver’s Cup, as part of the annual Phillip Island Auto Racing Club (PIARC) “August Access” race meeting.
E30 Racing driver and Phillip Island local Jesse Bryan’s brother in law, Brendan North, recently passed away after a two year battle with Synovial Sarcoma, a rare type of bone and soft tissue cancer. Brendan was also a Phillip Island local and partner to Jesse’s sister, Chloe. A number of Jesse’s and Brendan’s family will be attending the meeting at Phillip Island this weekend, and the E30 Racing Committee has decided that to support the North and Bryan families at this difficult time, and to pay tribute to Brendan, all cars entered for the round will display specially made Yellow Ribbon decals to remember Brendan’s life.
In 2017, at the age of just 21, Brendan was diagnosed with Synovial Sarcoma. Over 2 years, Brendan went through 12 rounds of Chemotherapy, 25 rounds of radiation therapy & 6 months of Oral Chemotherapy. The next stage was to go through immunotherapy, costing in excess of $20,000, and although the money was raised in no time, Brendan’s blood platelet levels unfortunately were too low to undergo this treatment, and never seemed to get high enough to safely proceed with the treatment. After spending 2 months at the incredible “Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre” hospital in Melbourne, Brendan was able to go home on condition he had a nurse 24 hours per day.
Sadly, 4 days later, on Sunday 28 July 2019, Brendan peacefully passed away, surrounded by his partner Chloe, family & closest friends at the age of just 23 years.
All members of the E30 Racing club pass on our deepest condolences to the North and Bryan families and we hope that the this small tribute by the club this weekend will go some way to support the families at this terribly tough time
Brendan’s parents, Rick & Deb North, have also agreed to present the ‘Driver of the Round’ award at the end of the weekend, a new award introduced and sponsored by Makulu Vehicle Storage.
Donations to the Australia and New Zealand Sarcoma Association (ANZSA) can be made online at https://sarcoma.org.au/. ANZSA aims to improve outcomes for sarcoma patients through research, education and awareness of sarcomas and related tumours. Donations to ANZSA are put towards crucial sarcoma research and clinical trials to save and improve lives.
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