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The courage to speak up with Jane Epstein



Several years ago, Jane Epstein acknowledged she was depressed and had spent 40 years in a continual state of dissociation. It was time to turn inward and seek answers. In the past, she used behaviours such as food, alcohol, drugs, exercise, anger, sex, and a career in stripping to avoid the pain, anything to prevent being authentically known and detected as her true self.

One day, in a therapist’s office, Epstein shed her layers of shame by owning her story with grace. It was there she found the answers. As she uncovered her past, Jane discovered a more profound truth about me that had always hidden, and unlocked a new relationship with herself. She learned to trust, open up, and found a kind of love and peace she had never imagined.

Epstein had been through multiple traumas at a young age, sibling sexual abuse, a widow at the age of 34. Having worked through these experiences and speaking with hundreds of people who have gone through something similar, she has discovered that when someone is hurting and starts to share their pain, they are not always looking for a solution or wanting to be fixed.

She advocates for survivors as a board member of Incest Aware, moderate a survivor Facebook group, and have a memoir in progress. In addition, she shares her story publicly to give other survivors the courage speak up and share their stories and know they are not alone. Courage is contagious.

She is available for several types of podcasts: to educate parents, stories of hope and resilience, trauma and grief.

* What is sibling sexual abuse and how does sibling sexual abuse happen?
* What types of families does sibling sexual abuse occur in?
* What is normal curiosity versus sexual abuse?
* What are the factors that contribute to adolescent, child with child, and sibling sexual abuse?
* What are the warning signs?
* Where can parents find online classes and books to read to their children?
* Resources for parents if something has already happened.

Epstein hopes to contribute her experiences and insights to bring awareness to sibling sexual abuse and help educate and empower parents on preventing sibling sexual abuse and remove the fear of the unknown.

She is a survivor of sibling sexual abuse, turned advocate, and expert. Her passion, work, and life mission are to bring awareness of the staggering statistics of SSA, a largely ignored segment of sexual abuse, and make body safety conversations between parents and children an everyday conversation.

Visit her website to read the full story.

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Legacy Chinese beer puts faith in Australian campaign



In January of this year, Sydney based communications agency UMM partnered with design thinking coach Friend_Thorp. The team won the competitive tender to work alongside leading beer brand Tsingtao and thier global Advertising Creative.

Father and son duo, Benoit and Mick Thorp spoke about being at the helm of one of Asia’s legacy beers which was established 119 years ago.

A daunting prospect for many but the team have been able to create something clever with international appeal. Thirsty costumers able to enjoy the campaign throughout Europe, America, Oceania, Asia and Africa.

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The ethical priorities of Australian business



Curious results from recent index highlights sector standouts

A recent index from the Governance Institute of Australia brought focus to the ethics of the country this week. The annual ethics index is in its seventh year and processes important data relating to a wide array of groups surveyed.

Highlighted as an important temperature check of our nation’s ethical standards, it brings with it new expectations for the future of business. CEO of the Governance Institute of Australia Megan Motto outlined the trending nature of the nation when it comes to the most ethical industries.

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Leading CEO spearheads support for cancer research & tech



In the fight against cancer, funding for early-stage researchers and early-stage biotechnology is critical

Leading CEO of Cure Brain Cancer Foundation, Lance Kawaguchi, is spearheading support for new innovation to beat cancer.

Kawaguchi firmly believes that there must be more support for early-stage researchers and early-stage biotechnology. He knows that solving this problem can ultimately change the way cancer is approached.

“I wanted to make sure we can change the paradigm, so we can get money to treatments and also to researchers as quick as possible.”

lance kawaguchi, ceo, cure brain cancer foundation

Leading experts collaborate on cancer cure mission

Ticker’s Holly Stearnes sat down with Kawaguchi, alongside Professor Webster Cavenee and Dr. Alfred Yung. Together, they spoke about the importance of funding for early-stage researchers and early-stage biotechnology.

Cavenee is the Chairperson of our Scientific Advisory Committee & Director at the Ludwig Cancer Research, San Diego.

He has fundamentally changed the way scientists think about the onset of cancer and its progression. 

Yung is an integral part of Neuro-Oncology at the MD Anderson Cancer Center. He is an expert in clinical research and treatment of glioblastoma multiforme.

Yung is also a 17-year cancer survivor and was recently named to the Blue Ribbon panel of experts selected to advise the Beau Biden Cancer Moonshot.

Investing in early-stage researchers

Researchers are an integral part of the fight against all cancers. They work tirelessly to find a cure or treatment to ensure a better outcome for those who have fallen victim to the disease.

However, far too often, many early-career researchers miss out on critical funding to enhance and enable their remarkable work.

Many early-stage researchers are exposed to discrimination in the industry and frequently denied access to grants. Instead, grants are mostly given to late-career researchers.

The hierarchy in the industry means that up and coming researchers and some of the best minds in the world regularly get overlooked.

However, these minds and fresh ideas are the key to trying new innovations and potentially a cure for a disease that impacts millions of people every day.

The future depends on rising researchers and the innovation they bring.

Cure Brain Cancer Foundation is transforming the way cancer is approached and injecting much-needed awareness. Cancer is more than just a cause, it’s a movement.

“Researchers are the hardest working people. I want to make sure they have stability of funding… There’s a fundamental flaw in how we support early researchers.”

lance kawaguchi

Challenges for early-stage biotechnology

Biotechnology is the key to finding a cure for cancer. However, its innovative ideas don’t always make it to fruition because they face enormous setbacks within the industry.

Early-stage biotechs need funding to begin and continue to operate. The market in general is saturated and extremely hard to eventuate.

“We need to take a different lens… Where we can focus on the return on investment but also on the return on social impact.”

lance kawaguchi

Combatting early stages of a new biotechnology company can be difficult.

However, focusing on quality science, strategic management, securing funding, staffing, and regulatory compliance can increase the chances of success.  

“You can think about how cancer is investigated as if it’s a funnel… What we want to do is fill the funnel.

By that I mean new ideas, from multiple fields… We need to make the top of the funnel wider.”

Professor webster cavenee

Cancer knows no boundaries

Yung treated U.S. President Joe Biden’s oldest son, Beau Biden, before his death of brain cancer, aged 46.

Yung has been recognised by the Biden family, for his attempt to save Beau’s life.

The Biden administration launched the Cancer Moonshot’ initiative in a bid to halve the rate of cancer deaths by 2047. The President made mention of Yung when launching the initiative.

“See that doctor on the end there?

That’s the man who spent 18 months trying to save our son’s life. Doctor, I love you. The whole family loves you.”

Joe biden, u.s. President
(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trusting in CBCF

Lead by Kawaguchi, Cure Brain Cancer Foundation, is adding urgency to the fight against cancer.

They’re putting processes in place to give funding to early-stage researchers and early-stage biotechs, who have the ability to innovate the way cancer is approached.

Both Yung and Cavenee are highly respected in cancer research and have chosen to partner with Kawaguchi in his mission to find a cure for brain cancer.

“His keen interest on innovation and out of the box thinking… He is a move and shaker and it is a privilege to partner with him in this endeavour.”

Dr. Alfred yung

“Lance is on a mission for cancer patients, and that’s why I partnered with him.”

Professor webster cavenee

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