In June 2021, Eli Minassian celebrated his 60th birthday at Cockle Bay Wharf in Sydney. It was a festive gathering of 85 of his close friends and family members who came together to celebrate this special occasion.
In lieu of gifts, Eli asked his guests to make a donation to the GI Cancer Institute through his online fundraising page. Thanks to the generosity of all of Eli’s loved ones, over $6,000 was raised to help fund clinical trials research into GI cancers.
“I wanted to contribute to a cause close to my heart by asking family and friends to donate as a birthday gift to assist researchers to one day find a cure for all these gut diseases,” says Eli.
“I have ulcerative colitis condition and know a few people with Crohn’s disease and gastro-intestinal diseases, which can be quiet embarrassing, painful and can lead to GI cancers if not treated.”
Eli’s brother and sister-in-law were both treated by clinical oncologist, Professor Nick Pavlakis. Professor Pavlakis is currently leading a clinical trial called INTEGRATE IIb, which offers a new treatment option for people with stomach cancer. This cancer has a devastating impact on patients with only 1 in 3 people surviving beyond five years. Eli’s sister-in-law, Maggie, suggested he donate to the GI Cancer Institute to raise awareness of GI cancers and help fund some of the important research Professor Pavlakis is working on.
We wish Eli the happiest of birthdays and thank him and all his guests for their generous contributions.