July 11, 2012
Fronting the cover of this year’s Canberra White Pages® and Yellow Pages® is inspirational brain tumour survivor Matthew Pitt, recognised for his efforts helping others.
Matthew is honoured under the theme, A Helping Hand, The Aussie Way, for establishing support group Brain Tumour Alliance Australia (BTAA).
In 2008, Matthew founded Brain Tumour Alliance Australia (BTAA), seven years after he was diagnosed with a brain tumour at the age of 19. The only national brain tumour patient and caregiver organisation in Australia, BTAA provides advice about living with, or caring for someone with a brain tumour.
Under Matthew’s leadership, BTAA also raises awareness about brain tumours, treatment, medical research and how the condition impacts patients and their families.
One of his most successful initiatives is a free call 1800 number for patients and their families to ring so they can talk to other people who know first-hand what they are going through.
Having survived a brain tumour, Matthew continues to act as an ambassador for improved treatment facilities and funding, while helping patients and their families through tough times.
“Awareness around brain tumours is not as high as with other cancers, such as breast and skin cancer. I hope this recognition helps to change that and encourages people to be proactive with their health,” Matthew said.