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Local legend battling brain cancer benefits from #GreaterIllawarra funding

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Much loved local legend Laurie (Trucken) Thompson will be able to receive further specialised treatment for an aggressive form of brain cancer after securing the major share of this month’s #GreaterIllawarra funding round for June.

For winning this month’s community vote, the Still Trucken Music Festival will receive $2,000 that will go directly towards providing much needed support to cover medical and living expenses for Laurie as he undergoes treatment for Glioblastoma (GBM) in Germany.

Having survived Stage 3 Melanoma several years ago, Laurie is set for the fight of his life and this much needed funding will help pay for part of his continued immunotherapy treatment, which is currently only offered overseas.

“As part of the Still Trucken Music Festival we hosted earlier this year, we were able to raise over $35,000 to assist Laurie to travel to Germany to start his specialised treatment for Glioblastoma. Novel immunotherapy treatments such as dendritic cell vaccines are being used to treat this kind of brain cancer with amazing results but unfortunately they are only available overseas,” said Mikaela Ackermann, Still Trucken Music Festival organiser.

“These additional funds from Greater Bank will go towards paying for part of the monthly treatment Laurie needs to receive for the rest of his life. Receiving this extra funding is a matter of life and death and has made the long journey ahead a little easier for Laurie and his family.”

Both runners-up for the June round, Figtree High School Physical Disabilities Unit and Minnamurra Public School will each receive a $500 grant to go towards their operational costs.

Greater Bank’s Regional Manager, Greg Creagan, said the program continues to provide invaluable support to members of the community who need it most.

“This is a great example of how a small but generous funding contribution from the #GreaterIllawarra program can go a long way towards supporting someone in need,” said Mr Creagan.

Thanks to the support of the local community and the Still Trucken Music Festival, our winner this month, Laurie will be able to continue receiving the specialised medical treatment for the aggressive form of brain cancer he is currently fighting. | Greg Creagan, Regional Manager.

The #GreaterIllawarra program continues in July, with voting now open until Wednesday, 31 July. In the running this month to share in $3,000 will be Jamberoo Community Preschool, Project Bucephalus and St Michael’s Primary School Nowra.

To submit your vote either go online to or visit any Greater Bank branch. Greater Bank is also calling for nominations for future funding rounds. Community groups can do so by visiting and telling us in 100 words or less how the organisation is helping to improve lives of locals.