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Childhood Cancer. Help us change the statistics and improve lives.

We are often asked how different cancers are affecting the lives of Australian children. Beginning with this infographic, we will share the statistics that reflect...

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Childhood Cancer Symposium 2020 : A meeting of brilliant minds

Each year the Hudson Institute of Medical Research assemble some of the world’s top researchers and clinicians working in childhood cancer.

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Big birthday celebrations coming to Moomba Festival 2020

Mark your calendar for the Labour Day long weekend, a special float appears in the Moomba Parade celebrating the 150th birthday of Royal Children's...

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Welcome to Jeff Darmanin, Executive Director, Children’s Cancer Foundation

We extend a warm welcome and congratulations to Jeff Darmanin, appointed as Executive Director to the Children's Cancer Foundation.

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Our top five stories of 2019 - Children's Cancer Foundation

Read the top five most popular stories published by the Foundation in 2019.

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Personalised treatments for childhood cancers

Beyond chemotherapy lies a complex world of treatment pathways. Dr Dhanya Sooraj, is investigating a more personalised treatment approach.

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Tumour biobank aids cancer treatment

A complex biobank of living tumours is helping researchers like Dr Duncan Crombie understand more about childhood cancer and leading to faster and more effective...

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Not the usual type of bank manager

Caroline Drinkwater is a bank manager – but not in the traditional way. 

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How to Pronounce Eight Common Childhood Cancers

September marks Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. We've created an animated series of eight common childhood cancers that we encourage you, your family and friends to...

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Music Therapy for Cancer Patients - Children’s Cancer Foundation

Music therapist, Melina Roberts shares the benefits of music therapy for children going through cancer treatment.


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PRISM Trial for Children with Cancer - Children’s Cancer Foundation

The Children's Cancer Foundation is providing funding to the Sydney Children's Hospital to coordinate a ground-breaking childhood cancer study.

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Art Therapy & Cancer Care - Q&A with Matilda Dawson - Children’s Cancer Foundation

Art therapist Matilda Dawson shares the positive impact art can have to provide a deeply emotional experience for children in cancer treatment.

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Early Identification Provides Hope

Application of a genetic screening technique – RNA sequencing – is helping to identify cancer cells early on.

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Behind the Spokes with the Cytotoxic Cyclists

Join our team of passionate individuals from all walks of life in the Murray to Moyne 2019 – a cycle event like no other.

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Targeted Treatment for Childhood Brain Cancers

Research funded by the Children’s Cancer Foundation has greatly increased understanding of the genetic changes that cause childhood brain cancers.

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The Million Dollar Lunch 2018 Ended With a Big Bang!

The Million Dollar Lunch 2018 ended with a big bang with an astronomical $2,503,350 raised for children with cancer.

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A Big Title for a Big Job

The 'dream team' (Beck and Liz) provide a special kind of support to patients and families in the Children’s Cancer Centre at Monash Children’s Hospital.

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More Clinical Trials Equal More Treatment Options

Funding from the Children’s Cancer Foundation increases clinical trials offered to patients at Monash Children’s Hospital.

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Training the Next Generation of Researchers

The PhD Scholars Program will equip the next generation of scientists with the skills they need to tackle paediatric cancer through precision medicine.

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Celebrating 40 Years of Mary McGowan

For 40 years, Mary McGowan has dedicated her life to caring for children with cancer and their families.

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Sharing Music is Something Special

The music therapy service at Monash Children’s Hospital enables children and adolescents with cancer to access therapeutic services to cope with their treatment.

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Trial Aims for Safer Bone Marrow Transplants

A new national clinical trial aims to dramatically improve the chances for children with otherwise incurable leukaemias.

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Stronger Together: Merger of Two Charities

In 2012, two charities merged to form the Children's Cancer Foundation. Director Kevin Martin, who served on the boards of both charities, shares his perspective.

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Living ‘Organoids’ to Revolutionise Treatment for Children with Cancer

The innovative Hudson Monash Paediatric Precision Medicine Program aims to reduce the time it takes to develop new targeted treatments from months to weeks.

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A History of Giving Back

For almost 10 years, Arnold Bloch Leibler has positively impacted the lives of children with cancer through its support of the Children's Cancer Foundation.

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Lighting the Way to a Better Recovery

Non-invasive bright light therapy may assist in relieving the disruption of sleep patterns in young cancer patients.

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Annual Report

With your support we were able to achieve some amazing things in the last financial year; many of which are outlined in our 2018/19 Annual Report.

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A Partnership That Counts

The Children’s Cancer Foundation receives behind-the-scenes support from corporate Australia, allowing us to keep our administration costs to a minimum.

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$1.37 Million Awarded to Clinical Research Fellow

The inaugural Children’s Cancer Foundation Clinical Research Fellowship has been awarded to Dr Seong Lin Khaw.

Run Melbourne Record

Led by Team Captain Kate Langbroek the Foundation's Run Melbourne team raised a record-breaking $60,000 in aid of children with cancer. 

From Charity Bike Ride to Lifelong Journey

Nat Lippiatt, director of the Children's Cancer Foundation, shares how a charity bike ride in 2002 turned into a lifelong journey with the Foundation.

The Million Dollar Lunch 2017 Raises the Big Top

The Million Dollar Lunch 2017, held under the big top at the Palladium at Crown, raised more than $2.1 million for the Children’s Cancer Foundation.

Nelson Alexander Foundation Day Win

The Children's Cancer Foundation is delighted to be supported by the Keilor branch of Nelson Alexander.

Professional Counselling for Families

The Children's Cancer Foundation is now supporting Australian families by funding professional counselling for children off treatment, their parents or siblings.

Family Connect – Join us for a coffee

The Children's Cancer Foundation host Family Connect – a weekly complimentary morning tea to meet and connect with other families in a relaxed atmosphere.

Eyes Open Ride

Earlier this year, James John embarked on a 19,000km journey around Australia, by motorbike, in aid of children with cancer.

Yering Station Charity Lunch with Guy Grossi

Yering Station welcomed Guy Grossi for a special charity lunch and raised $28,725 in support of our work.

Mental Wellbeing for Cancer Patients

The physical impact of childhood cancers is widely recognised, but looking after the mental health of patients and their families is also vital.

15 Years Funding Groundbreaking Research

The Children's Cancer Foundation and My Room celebrate 15 years funding groundbreaking childhood cancer research at Murdoch Childrens.

Painting a Picture of the Brain

The Foundation is helping fill a crucial gap in funding to enable neuropsychological assessment and monitoring of children during their cancer journey.  

Artistic Touch

When Art Therapists Amy McKay and Michelle Dixon walk into The Royal Children’s Hospital cancer ward the smiles on the children’s faces are instantaneous.

Clinical Trials Prepare For Big Advances

The most rewarding part of Ryan Hehir’s job is allowing young patients to benefit from the rapid advances being made in new, targeted cancer therapies.

Q & A with the Author of The Together Stories

Trish Dearn, author of The Together Stories, shares her family's story and motivation for writing the series.

A Touch Of Sunshine On A Rainy Day

Merridy Justice’s nurturing and compassionate spirit is a welcome relief to families at the Children’s Cancer Centre Kookaburra ward and Day Oncology Unit.

A New Bead Marks The Start of Treatment

A thread of beads representing the personal treatment journeys of young cancer patients will now start with a bead from the Children’s Cancer Foundation.  

$1 Million Investment in Childhood Cancer Research

The Children’s Cancer Foundation is committed to investing in Melbourne as a global leader in childhood cancer research. 

Understanding Childhood Brain Cancer

Improving our understanding of childhood brain cancer and solid tumours is the aim of new research funded by the Children’s Cancer Foundation.

New Insights Into Cancer Diagnosis

Researchers hope a new project to be funded by the Children’s Cancer Foundation will revolutionise cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Harnessing New Stem Cell Technology

New funding will allow researchers to apply their ground-breaking stem cell research to childhood leukaemia.

New Artworks Brighten Ward

Art Therapists at The Royal Children's Hospital invited patients and families to create artworks to brighten the wards in the Children's Cancer Centre.

Immunotherapy Trial Offers Patients Hope

A new clinical trial uses a patient’s own genetically engineered immune cells to attack cancer cells.

A Message from the Chairman

The Children's Cancer Foundation has never contracted with third-party fundraisers to raise funds on its behalf or adopted any dubious fundraising practices.

Understanding the Side Effects of Chemotherapy

Ground-breaking research will look at identifying in advance which patients are likely to be at risk of heart damage as a side effect of their chemotherapy treatment.

New Clinical Research Fellow Appointed

A new Clinical Research Fellowship will investigate new therapeutic options for two of the most prevalent and aggressive paediatric brain tumours.

Funding Boost for Music Therapy

The Foundation will fund music therapy for patients at the Children’s Cancer Centre at The Royal Children’s Hospital for the next 3 years. 

The Million Dollar Lunch 2016

The Million Dollar Lunch 2016 raised an extraordinary $1.719 million in support of Australia’s real superheroes – children with cancer.

International Clinical Trials Day

The Children’s Cancer Foundation joins the medical community in marking International Clinical Trials Day on Friday, 20 May.

An Extraordinary Woman

Mary McGowan is an extraordinary woman who works tirelessly to improve the quality of care and outcomes for children with cancer.

A Relay Great Result

The Cytotoxic Cyclists raise over $46,000 to support the Children’s Cancer Foundation in the Murray to Moyne Cycle Relay 2016.

That Little Bit Extra

Rebecca Pahl, Family Resource Coordinator, is the go-to person for practical and emotional support across the inpatient, day oncology and outpatient wards.

The Rathbone Family Advocates for Cancer

The Rathbones have been fundraising and advocating for childhood cancer since their son Matthew was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 1979.

Personalised Medicine Will Be Game-changer

Revolution in molecular and genomic techniques allows researchers to develop targeted therapies for children with cancer.

It’s Really The Two Million Dollar Lunch

Australia’s business leaders dug deep on Friday, 7 August 2015 at The Million Dollar Lunch to raise a record-breaking $2 million gross.

Liz Cambage Takes Home Volvo Car

Australian basketballer Liz Cambage won first prize in The Million Dollar Lunch 2015 Premium Raffle, a Volvo S60.

Dave Hughes Steps to Support Children with Cancer

Dave Hughes walked 5,217 steps (5 km) in 90 minutes to raise $1,000 for the Children's Cancer Foundation.

New Clinical Trial for Leukaemia Patients

A ground-breaking clinical trial supported by the Children’s Cancer Foundation is offering young leukaemia patients access to drugs previously unavailable.

Tony McGinn Receives Medal of the Order of Australia

Tony McGinn OAM, Deputy Chairman of the Children’s Cancer Foundation, received a Medal of the Order of Australia in the 2015 Australia Day honours.