Geelong Westfield Local Hero, Bec.

Exciting news! Our very own Humans in Geelong team member, Bec Picone, is one of six finalists in the running to win the Geelong Westfield Local Heroes 2019 prize. If Bec receives enough votes, she’ll win $10,000 of much needed funds, for her not-for-profit Peace of Mind Foundation, that supports sufferers of Brain Cancer and their families. Please vote now and PLEASE SHARE! Voting closes 12th August. www.westfield.com.au/geelong

Bec Picone Westfield

Bec is always on call to support people with brain cancer 24/7. The dedicated single mum created the Peace of Mind Foundation, to support others, after her beloved sister-in-law, Caroline, passed away just months after giving birth to her son, from this insidious disease. The foundation runs a support group, annual retreats and provides financial and in-home support to patients. In just six years, she’s tirelessly raised over $682,000 for the cause through fundraising and grants. 

 “I saw the need and founded Peace of Mind in order to provide much-needed and difficult-to-find support and care for patients and families fighting brain cancer,” implores Bec.

 Westfield Local Heroes are nominated and voted for by their communities, with the three top finalists per Westfield centre each awarded a $10,000 grant for their affiliated organisation. If Bec is successful, the Peace of Mind Foundation will use the grant to fund the annual running costs of its Geelong Brain Tumour Support Group and to host a regional forum.

Brain cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in people under forty and kills more children than any other disease. However, it receives less funding than other cancers, which is why Peace of Mind Foundation is raising awareness and much-needed funds.

“My ultimate aim is to run Australia’s first nationwide support service for families fighting brain cancer,” enthuses Bec.

It was my absolute pleasure to nominate this amazing Human, Bec Picone, for this prize.

Jacqui Bennett.