Introducing our newest members of the 'MIA family'​

Introducing our newest members of the 'MIA family'​

19 September 2018

Meet babies Mia and Gracie Georgina. Not only are they the apple of their dads’ eyes, but they are the ultimate thank you to the organisation that saved their lives.

Josh Drover was 30 when he was diagnosed with advanced melanoma. He was put on an immunotherapy clinical trial at Melanoma Institute Australia and had an astounding response. Josh is now cancer free. Remarkably, his wife Michelle fell pregnant while Josh was halfway through the trial. They named their little bundle of joy Mia. 

“We liked the name Mia, but it means more to us. It’s a reflection of what we went through and without the support and research from MIA, I might not be here,” Mr Drover said.

It was a similar story for Adam Brown. His fiancé was 8 months pregnant with their first baby when he was diagnosed with advanced melanoma and was put on an MIA clinical trial. Two years later, Adam too is cancer free and the young couple recently had their second child, Gracie June Georgina Brown.

“Professor Georgina Long is the reason we could have another baby. She doesn’t expect thanks but we really liked her name and we wanted to make it a part of Gracie’s name and it is our way of showing thanks,” Mr Brown said.

Professor Long, Conjoint Medical Director of MIA, is touched by the gesture from both families and says it is testament to the power of research.

“I’m incredibly surprised, honoured and humbled but more amazing is that they are doing so well that they could have these babies. It also fuels our resolve to continue research into why other patients are still dying,” she said.

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Photo courtesy of Sam Ruttyn / The Daily Telegraph