Our Heritage

The Children’s Cancer Foundation has been at the forefront of cancer research, clinical care and family support for decades, bringing together motivated and passionate individuals who are dedicated to improving the lives of children and their families affected by cancer.



Invests in Australian-first paediatric immunotherapy trial

Providing staff resourcing for the ground-breaking clinical trial using genetically engineered immune cells for leukaemia patients at The Royal Children’s Hospital.


The Million Dollar Lunch breaks all fundraising records

Raises $2 million at The Million Dollar Lunch with 93% net profit, permitting the Foundation to accelerate childhood cancer research programs.


A new look for a brighter future

Three's A Crowd develop a new brand for the Foundation, which is renamed “Children’s Cancer Foundation”.


$4.5 million investment in psych-oncology

The Foundation and My Room fund the psych-oncology at The Royal Children’s Hospital and later at Monash Children’s Hospital (2007-16). The Foundation demonstrated the importance of psych-oncology, which is now funded by the hospital.


$6.2 million clinical research program launched

A 10-year commitment to clinical research leadership at The Royal Children’s Hospital and embedded in Murdoch Childrens Research Institute is launched.


$3.7 million permits Bone Marrow Transplant unit to achieve international accreditation

The Foundation’s investment (2006-12) permitted the state-wide unit at The Royal Children’s Hospital to achieve international accreditation for laboratory safety and patient outcomes, a prerequisite for international patient matches.


Foundations merge and take on leadership role

KOALA Foundation (founded by parents from Monash Children’s Hospital) merges with the Children’s Cancer Centre Foundation (founded by parents from The Royal Children’s Hospital).


Commences clinical trial funding

The Foundation prioritises clinical trials resourcing, increasing treatment options.


KOALA Kids volunteer program

A group of volunteers joins KOALA Foundation to provide the ‘small things’ that help families during their cancer journey.


$22 million reconstruction of cancer research ward

During 2002-04, the Foundation and My Room raised $22 million for the construction of a new Children’s Cancer Centre ward at The Royal Children's Hospital and co-located research laboratory.


KOALA Foundation established

Chairman of KOALA Support Group, Tony McGinn OAM, established KOALA Foundation.


Children’s Cancer Centre Foundation established

Doug Rathbone AM and Peter Sidwell led a $22 million capital campaign to reconstruct the cancer ward at The Royal Children’s Hospital and build linked research facilities. The Foundation was established as the fundraising entity for the campaign.


KOALA Support Group established

Parents of children undergoing treatment at Monash Children’s Hospital established a support group to help each other through treatment, the KOALA (Kids Oncology and Leukaemia Action) support group.