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.



The Million Dollar Lunch breaks fundraising records

The Million Dollar Lunch 2017, held under the big top at the Palladium at Crown, raised more than $2.1 million – a record-breaking result in the event’s 13-year history.



15 years funding ground-breaking research at Murdoch Childrens

The Children’s Cancer Foundation and My Room celebrate 15 years funding groundbreaking childhood cancer research at Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, including research project funding and establishment of the biobanking unit.


The Million Dollar Lunch raises $1.7 million

Heroes of corporate Melbourne raise an extraordinary $1.719 million in support of Australia’s true superheroes – children with cancer – at The Million Dollar Lunch.


Fundraising record for the Murray to Moyne Cycle Relay

33 riders and 13 support crew raise more than $46,000 for the Foundation in the annual Murray to Moyne Cycle Relay. "The chance to support such a brave group of children certainly puts life into perspective and the crew and riders are simply inspiring." - Frank, Cyclist


10 year anniversary of Family Resource Coordinator

Merridy Justice celebrates 10 years as Family Resource Coordinator at the Children's Cancer Centre, The Royal Children's Hospital (RCH). The Foundation has funded this role at RCH and Monash Children's Hospital since 2007.


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 raises $2 million

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 Children’s Cancer Foundation.


$4.5 million investment in psych-oncology

The Foundation and My Room fund the psych-oncology program 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 to strengthen leadership position

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 for children with cancer.


KOALA Kids volunteer program joins the Foundation

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


$23 million reconstruction of cancer ward officially opened

During 2002-04, the Foundation and My Room raised $23 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 $23 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.