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Letting children shine now and in the future

Today is a special day in the 24-year history of the Children's Cancer Foundation, as we launch our new website and the first edition of our eNewsletter.


The Children's Cancer Foundation was established in 1992 by parents wanting to make an impact. Their aim was to give their children – and those in the future – access to the world's best possible care and support to save their lives. We continue to support children with cancer, strive for better and less harmful treatments, and ensure Australian children have access to life-saving clinical trials and benefit from our investment in clinical research.


We believe that every child should laugh, dance, play and live as only a child can. It is our simple goal to add light to young lives, to let children shine. 


Over the past year we have refreshed our brand, thanks to the generosity of Three's A Crowd, and reviewed our strategic direction with the support of the AFL and our Patron, Gillon McLachlan. The Children's Cancer Foundation is now on a trajectory to grow and make an even bigger impact.


We are proud of our heritage and have achieved a lot over the years, including:

  • distribution of $43 million to hospitals and research institutes (average annual distributions over the past 3 years exceed $1.3 million)
  • funding the reconstruction of the entire Children’s Cancer Centre and linked research laboratory at The Royal Children’s Hospital in 2004
  • resourcing the Victorian Bone Marrow Transplant unit to achieve critical international accreditation in 2012

I invite you to explore our new website to learn about the Children's Cancer Foundation, about the lives we have impacted, the work that we have ahead of us and how you can get involved.


We look forward to sharing our stories through our new eNewsletter and working together to make a positive impact for children with cancer.


Aileen Boyd-Squires, Chief Executive

Personalised medicine will be game-changer

Paediatric cancer is now understood to be a disease driven by genetic mutations and children respond differently to standard treatments based on the biological subtype of their cancer.


This revolution in molecular and genomic techniques has allowed researchers to develop targeted therapies for children with particular genetic changes, resulting in a dramatic improvement in survival rates for patients with specific genetic markers. Read more

A ride that unites

For the 20th year, a team of passionate individuals from all walks of life – doctors, nurses and staff from the Children’s Cancer Centres, patients, friends and families – will form the ‘Cytotoxic Cyclists’ for the annual Murray to Moyne cycle relay, raising money for the Children’s Cancer Foundation.


The ride is a 24-hour team relay over 520 km, from Echuca and to Port Fairy on Saturday, 2 – Sunday, 3 April. Support the Cytotoxic Cyclists reach their target of $60,000.

That little bit extra

When you meet Rebecca Pahl you can’t help but smile. Walking with her at the Children’s Cancer Centre at Monash Children’s Hospital, parents nod and children wave enthusiastically and shout ‘Hi’.

The Foundation funds Rebecca’s position; in fact the Foundation created and funded this role way back in 2007. As the Family Resource Coordinator, Rebecca is the go-to person for practical and emotional support across the inpatient, day oncology and outpatient wards. Read more

The Rathbone family advocates for cancer

Ann and Doug Rathbone AM have been fundraising and advocating for childhood cancer since their son Matthew was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 1979 and was the first successful Australian recipient of a Bone Marrow Transplant.


“The wards were so different then. There were only two isolation rooms which weren’t child friendly. Matthew had to spend weeks on the ward and all the parents slept on camp beds,” Ann recalled. Read more

Upcoming events

Fundraisers offer a fun and meaningful way to make a contribution to the Children's Cancer Foundation. Get involved in an upcoming event or get creative and start your own fundraiser.


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