About Dainere

"You Have To Go Through A Storm To Get To A Rainbow "

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Dainere’s Journey

Dainere Monique Anthoney was born at 6:11pm on the 8th February 1998 a happy, healthy baby. Her world was turned upside down on 24th March 2009 at just 11 years of age, she was diagnosed with having a brain tumour. On 30th March 2009 it was revealed the brain tumour was an aggressive High Risk Medulloblastoma: brain cancer!

She endured a ten-hour surgery, high dose radiation, high dose chemotherapy with autologous stem cell transplants, many blood, platelet and plasma transfusions, and hundreds of procedures. She also had to deal with numerous side effects and ongoing health issues from her cancer and treatment.

Following treatment, she had residual tumour remaining which was stable however in February 2012 just three days prior to her 14th Birthday, she suffered an inoperable and incurable recurrence of the disease in her spine and brain, there were no further treatment options available, so she was referred to palliative care. Dainere suffered, and unjustly and tragically at 7:25pm on 24th June 2013, died, her entire future stolen from her by this insidious disease.

Read Her Story

Dainere lived her entire short life in Canberra and during her time she made a significant impact not only on the Canberra Community, across Australia and worldwide. She inspired so many leaving lasting footprints on their hearts and lives. She was a prolific awareness and fund raiser for childhood brain cancer and an inspiration and role model at School and in the sporting arena.

During her journey she began to write a Blog, she wanted to share her story with others to give them inspiration and hope. When she was granted a Starlight Wish, she wanted to have her Blog published as a book. “You Have To Go Through A Storm To Get To A Rainbow” is a personal account of her courageous battle told with such inspiration, honesty and wisdom and she decided that all funds raised from the book must go towards childhood brain cancer research.

After her recurrence she wrote a special list and one desire was to have a second book published and with the help of friends “Theodore and Friends – Theodore is Left Out” became a reality. Dainere wanted the book to teach children tolerance, acceptance, understanding and kindness. Again, all funds raised from book sales went to childhood brain cancer research.

She was posthumously named as The Young Canberra Citizen of the Year 2013 jointly with her brother, Jarrett in recognition for their leadership, courage and determination to raise awareness in the Community of childhood brain cancer. This is truly an honour and a legacy which she will be remembered for always.

Dainere’s Asteroid

One of the highest and extremely rare honours was bestowed on Dainere in 2012. An Asteroid (308306) discovered at Siding Spring Observatory by an International Team, which included Robert McNaught (of Comet McNaught fame) and who gave the naming rights and was accepted by the International Astronomical Union to be named after Dainere as an inspiring Australian teenager, author and blogger who raised awareness and funds for brain tumour research.

Myer Bear

The 2018 MYER Christmas Bear was named ‘Anthony’ as a tribute to Dainere and her heart-warming story of strength, optimism and her continued drive to support other children battling illness. Her story and love for Theodore reinforced that for many the MYER Christmas Bear is more than just a bear .

Myer Bear

Dainere’s Street

In honour of the work Dainere did she was fortunate enough to have a street named after her in the new suburb of Denman Prospect. This gesture would have meant so much to her and it will ensure that her message is never lost.

Did you know that Canberra’s suburb and street names present an interesting mosaic of Australia’s local and national high achievers, its geography, heritage and history. Some of the people commemorated are well known, while others have made their mark as quiet achievers. To find out more behind the story of Dainere Street, after going into the link you will see I would like, Select Search by a single name, Click Submit and simply type Dainere.

We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land where we meet and work, the Ngunnawal people, and the many other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples from across Australia who have now made Canberra their home. We celebrate and respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of the ACT and region.

Dainere's Rainbow is a not for profit organisation - 100% of all funds raised or donated go to childhood brain cancer research at Sydney Children's Hospital
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