Amanda and Craig McEwan at A Night to Remember, just three weeks before Amanda’s passing.

Guests at February’s sell-out annual Foundation dinner, A Night to Remember, were spellbound by the story about and bravery of Amanda McEwan.

Amanda was diagnosed with a rare type of head and neck cancer in August 2014, aged just 41. Despite extensive chemotherapy and radiotherapy, the disease spread and by February 2015 Amanda was told she was incurable.

Despite that grim backdrop, she resolved to appreciate every minute possible with her family and friends, and she was determined to enjoy A Night to Remember, being one of the last to leave well into the small hours.

At the completion of her story and touched by her courage, the 460-strong crowd at the dinner rose spontaneously as one to applaud her tenacity and her plea to continue the mission of funding and establishing medical research for the benefit of the generations ahead.

Sadly, Amanda died on March 13th. She leaves behind her husband Craig and sons Jake (20) and Macauley (18).

We were humbled and honoured by Amanda’s presence at the dinner and our condolences and thoughts are very much with Craig, Jake, Macauley and their extended family.

You can read Amanda’s story, as presented at A Night to Remember, here.