About The Foundation

Who we are

Our inspiration comes from our daughter, sister and partner Daniela, who tragically lost her battle with brain cancer in March 2022. Daniela was a beautiful, intelligent, vibrant young woman who was loved by many. Daniela had a mighty will and a strong character, with a natural ability to lead, help and mentor others.
In her memory, we have established The Daniela Dwyer Foundation to raise critical and much needed funding for research into brain cancer diagnosis and treatment. This will help put an end to brain cancer as a terminal illness. Daniela fought this insidious disease strongly and with remarkable courage. We owe it to her, and every other sufferer of brain cancer, to do everything we can to make a meaningful change to their lives, and in their honour.

What we do

View our full strategic plan here.

The Daniela Dwyer Foundation is a not-for-profit, medical charity that provides funding and support to programs and organisations in the fields of medical research, treatment, and support services for brain cancers.
The Foundation’s objectives encompass healthcare by promoting the prevention or control of diseases in human beings in several ways:

• Supporting medical research into the improvement of diagnostic technologies and the development of treatments or cures for brain cancer.

• Funding the provision of diagnostic and treatment apparatus for use in research laboratories, hospitals and treatment centres.

• Assisting organisations that provide public information about, and assistance to, those with brain cancer. This may be through providing equipment to help the relief of people who are suffering from brain cancer.

• Contributing to the practice of medicine, and to those studying medicine, by supporting the training of medical professionals regarding the improved diagnosis, treatment and management of brain cancers.

The Daniela Dwyer Foundation is committed to saving lives by improving the treatment process and disease outcomes for brain cancer patients.
The Daniela Dwyer Foundation is a company limited by guarantee. It is recognised as a Health Promotion Charity by the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission as well as a tax-free not-for-profit charity and a deductible gift recipient (DGR) with the Australian Taxation Office.

How we want to make a difference

Daniela’s battle with brain cancer showed us how limited the options are for any new treatments. Little has changed in the last three decades in the way brain cancer is treated, and consequently mortality rates remain high. We want to change that. Our motivation comes from the exciting research options that are happening right now in Australia. 
Our first fundraising initiative will be to provide funds to Professor Sudah Rao and her research team at Brisbane’s QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, to assist in bringing cutting-edge brain cancer diagnostic and treatment techniques to patients. Professor Rao is pioneering a novel AI-based, non-invasive liquid biopsy technology, and it is our vision that this technology will be used by oncologists and become a routine part of clinical practice for brain cancer patients.  Read more about Professor Rao’s liquid biopsy technology here.