Welcome to the White Pearl Foundation


In August 2012, our beloved mother and grandmother Christina Peponis, was diagnosed with a brain tumour and referred to Dr Raymond Cook, neurosurgeon, at Sydney’s North Shore Private Hospital. There we soon met the other members of her medical "dream team" - medical oncologist Dr Helen Wheeler, radiation oncologist Associate Professor Michael Back and Neuro Cancer Care Co-ordinator - and now Nurse Practitioner - Marina Kastelan. 

Following world-class surgery by Dr Cook and his surgical team, we received confirmation that the tumour, a glioblastoma multiforme, is the most common form of adult brain cancer and the most fatal, with an almost 100% fatality rate.

Together with the highly competent nursing staff on Level 3 North of North Shore Private Hospital, her medical team provided exceptional and seamless care during her 15-month journey, which ended peacefully on the morning of November 19th, 2013. She could not have been in better hands.    More...  

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White pearls symbolise purity, beauty, new beginnings, innocence, generosity, wisdom acquired through experience, simplicity, protection, peace, the store of truth, faith and love, loyalty of it’s wearer to the cause........ 
.......and because Christina loved them.



BRAIN CANCER  is one of the most under-studied of all cancers, yet receives LESS THAN 5% of government funds allocated to cancer research.
Please help our researchers improve outcomes for patients by supporting our events in any number of ways. Your contribution is much-needed and greatly appreciated. 

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Brain Cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in children under 15 years, accounting for one third of cancer deaths in this age bracket.

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Brain Cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in adults under 39

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Brain Cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in females aged 0-44 years (after breast cancer)

High-Grade Glioma

The most common Brain Cancer, high-grade glioma, is almost 100% fatal


One person is diagnosed with brain cancer every six hours in Australia

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Brain cancer is one of the most under-studied of all cancers, yet receives very little research funding



The Brain Cancer Group

We are focused on improving patient outcomes across the spectrum – from patient care to working towards finding a cure for this devastating disease. 

We do this by taking a multi-disciplinary and collaborative approach to deliver impactful  programs which are aimed at improving the lives of those affected by brain cancer. 

Our tag line, Care2Cure, was chosen to reflect our commitment to the 3 Pillars of 


Since 2014 there are many individuals and organisations that have contributed to this awareness raising and fundraising initiative. 
Although not all are listed on this website, we remain enormously grateful to ALL donors, prize sponsors, advertisers, supporters and contributors 
to the White Pearl Ball and other White Pearl Foundation events in support of the dedicated researchers of The Brain Cancer Group, Care2Cure. 

Please know your contribution is very much needed to sustain the critical work of the Group and support brain cancer patients. 
Together we can and are making a difference.
Thank you.