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Eleanor McCleave to help raise funds for cancer research as she battles her own terminal sickness

A WA woman diagnosed with terminal brain cancer hopes to raise crucial funds for cancer research at a gala dinner this month.

After growing up in Esperance, Eleanor McCleave moved to Perth to study nursing and became an operating theatre nurse at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in 2017.

In 2020, her life changed forever when she was diagnosed with three high-grade neuroepithelial tumours with BCOR alteration — fast-growing brain tumours with a rare genetic disposition.

Eleanor McCleave, 26, seeks to enjoy the time she has left
Camera IconThe fundraiser has allowed McCleave to sail on the Mediterranean Sea. Credit: Unknown/Supplied/RegionalHUB

Over the following two years, she underwent many surgeries, but after her most recent operation in April — to remove a tumour from the centre of her heart — she was given a terminal diagnosis.

This Saturday, a fundraising event called Embracing Eleanor has been organised in support of the 26-year-old, with all funds being donated to Cure Cancer Australia.

The gala dinner will be held at the Novotel Langley from 6.30pm for up to 300 guests.

The event will raise money via an auction to feature a range of prizes, and Ms McCleave’s story will be shared to raise awareness about the disease.

Ms McCleave’s friends organised a GoFundMe page, and as the support grows, her bucket list keeps on expanding.

The fundraiser has raised more than $81,000, allowing her to travel to Europe and the UK to visit family members, visit the Harry Potter studios, sail on the Mediterranean Sea and explore Scotland, Amsterdam and Italy.

The end of August saw Ms McCleave visit Rome where she ate “lots of pizza, pasta and gelato”, she posted in an update.

Her ever-expanding bucket list includes doing a cage dive with sharks in South Australia, taking a scenic flight over Lake Hillier in Esperance, seeing a sunset in Greece, and taking part in a London pub crawl with her dad.

Tickets to the gala can be bought here.

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