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September is for every family touched by children’s cancer

September is for every child in treatment, for the parents at their bedside, for the children who have their angel wings, the healthcare workers on cancer wards and the research minds finding better solutions.


Throughout the month globally, communities highlight every childhood cancer challenge and aim to inspire others - whether they are touched by the disease personally or not - to help see it gone.

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‘'…and together ensure that all children can experience

the full and healthy upbringing they deserve.”


~ Barack Obama, former US President and

initiate of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, 2016.

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Tassie town goes gold

Melinda Coad is calling on individuals, businesses and homes on Main Street in her town of Oatlands, Tasmania to Go Gold and donate for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. 


Her family knows the importance of having access to world-class clinical treatment and hospital support; daughter Lydia has been battling Ewing Sarcoma since 2016. Melinda regularly travels to and from Melbourne to The Royal Children’s Hospital for treatment.


5 childhood cancers feature
  • Do you know the types of cancers that specifically affect children? 
  • Do you find some childhood cancer names hard to pronounce?

This month we will be answering these questions and more. Read our article on how to pronounce 5 childhood cancer types


Have a question about childhood cancer you'd like to ask?

Send us an email with your questions!

How to pronounce...

“You lose so much with this disease.

The hospital becomes your family, your support network”

~ Melinda Coad.


Follow our social media to see Oatlands and other supporters going gold throughout September.

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Thank you and farewell Tony McGinn

When Tony and Amanda McGinn’s son Ben was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia in 2000, Tony quickly identified a role for parents both in advocating for the interests of children with cancer and raising funds to ensure better resources and facilities.


Tony was a driving force behind KOALA Foundation, which was established by parents of children treated in the Children’s Cancer Centre at Monash Medical Centre.


In June this year, Tony retired as a director and deputy chairman of the Foundation.


This special tribute from a collective of friends and family past and present, reflects and remembers Tony's many and significant achievements.

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