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Ruby Celebrates Five Years Cancer-Free

A four metre long string of beads adorns Ruby’s bedroom wall. This colourful and meaningful string is a source of great pride for Ruby and her family.


Diagnosed at the age of two, there were moments when Ruby's mother Bec thought Ruby would never have a first day at school. Now, she is a student, a hip-hop dancer and has reached a major milestone: 5 years cancer-free. 


Read more about Ruby’s journey.

Thank You for Supporting the Foundation in 2016

In this edition, I am pleased to share with you Ruby's heartwarming story of recovery.


The unwavering support the Foundation receives from generous individuals and organisations ensures we can continue to fund projects that help young children like Ruby, all while keeping our costs at a minimum. Thank you for making this possible.


At this time of year we also turn our thoughts to the children whose journey ended too soon. Through our Special Named Funds program, we are honoured to help families pay tribute to their child and raise funds for a specific project or field of research that is important to their family.


Best wishes for a healthy and happy 2017.


Aileen Boyd-Squires
Chief Executive

News in Brief
New Projects for 2017

In 2017 we look forward to announcing the outcomes from our recent grant funding round. Our Grants Committee is currently assessing 21 applications for new projects submitted by hospitals and research institutes nationwide, requesting more than $16.7m in funding over the next 5 years. See our list of projects currently funded.

The Together Stories

Following the diagnosis of her daughter, Trish Dearn wrote the The Together Stories series to assist young children through their cancer treatment journey, as well as life after cancer. Read a Q&A with Trish and enter the draw to win a set of the series.

Harnessing New Stem Cell Technology

A $460,000 grant from the Foundation to Murdoch Childrens Research Institute will allow researchers to apply their ground-breaking stem cell research to childhood leukaemia. Read more

Join Us for the Murray to Moyne Cycle Relay

Are you a cyclist? Join the Foundation's team in the Murray to Moyne cycle relay from Echuca to Port Fairy. We are currently seeking riders, support crew and drivers for the event to be held Saturday 1 April to Sunday 2 April 2017. Contact us to express your interest in joining the team or find out more about the event.

The Foundation has Moved

The Foundation has relocated to Southbank in offices provided pro bono by CrownBet. Thank you to MCM Entertainment Group for hosting the Foundation for 8 years and to CrownBet for responding so generously to our call for new office accommodation. Thanks also to Allied Pickfords for relocating the team at no charge. Please note our new address and telephone number below.

Win The Together Stories

To win one of five sets of The Together Stories, email us your name and phone number and tell us in 25 words or less how the set would help you, someone you know, or your local school or library. Entry is open to all Australian residents. Competition closes 5pm AEST Wednesday, 21 December 2016. Winners will be notified Thursday, 22 December 2016.


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