Faces of Hope: Betty Benson
Betty, along with her husband Cliff are Fight Cancer Foundation's longest serving volunteers.
Betty first began dedicating her time to the foundation following Cliff's diagnosis of Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia in 1991.
Today, Betty can be seen at our Geelong Recycle Shop and manning our fundraising stalls at The Royal Melbourne Hospital with Cliff.
Update on Bella's Story
In 2013, little Bella was only three years old when she was diagnosed with cancer. We are happy to share that Bella is now three years cancer-free and recently completed prep. She has also caught up to her twin sister Lahni in every way.
Faces of Hope: Ida
This month’s Face of Hope is Fight Cancer Foundation’s Supporter Services Manager Ida Papadimitriou.
Ida has been involved with the Foundation for more than 17 years as both an employee and volunteer.
BMDI Cord Blood Bank: 20 years of saving lives
For 20 years, BMDI Cord Blood Bank has provided cord blood units for lifesaving stem cell transplant to help treat leukaemia and other life-threatening illnesses.
To commemorate this incredible milestone, we are taking a look back at the history of the cord blood bank.
Faces of Hope: Samantha Kanizay
This month we introduce you to Samantha Kanizay, Manager of Fight Cancer Foundation’s Hobart accommodation centre, John Opie House.
Samantha’s involvement with Fight Cancer Foundation began when her family stayed at Fight Cancer Foundation’s North Melbourne accommodation centre while her mother received treatment for cancer.
Simplicity Funerals provide a helping hand to seriously ill Tasmanians at John Opie House
Often families that require emergency accommodation close to major treating hospitals don’t have time to pack the essentials.
This is where Simplicity Funerals is helping Fight Cancer Foundation provide ‘Welcome Packs’ to get families through their first few days.
A message from the President and Chairman regarding charity fundraising practices
In recent days The Age has published a series of articles highlighting unethical practices used by some third party fundraisers engaged by some Australian charities.
From mother to carer overnight - National Carers Week 2016
Adelaide to Geelong on a bike – how ten everyday blokes are making a different in the fight against cancer
Over the next week, ten everyday Australian blokes will cycle 1300kms from Adelaide to Geelong in support of people living with cancer and their families.
Faces of Hope: Mahasen
This month’s Face of Hope is high school student, Mahasen, who spent one week with Fight Cancer Foundation as part of her work experience placement.
Motivated to make a difference in the lives of others Mahasen was keen to learn how Fight Cancer Foundation supports people living with cancer and their families.
Emily gives hope to kids with cancer
In August 2015, a then 10-year-old Emily saw a news piece about Fight Cancer Foundation’s Back on Track education support program on television.
Emily was so moved by seeing children and young people missing out on school while they received treatment for cancer that she knew she had to do something to help.
Helping kids with cancer get Back on Track
Fight Cancer Foundation’s education support program's specialist Education Advisors work with families and schools to develop individual support and learning plans that meet the educational, social and welfare needs of learners. They also provide tutoring and one-on-one learning activities, as well as fostering strong connections with learners’ schools and peers.
There’s no such thing as a typical day for an Education Advisor – but here’s a snapshot of what it can be like working to help young learners get back on track through Fight Cancer Foundation’s education support program.
Faces of Hope: Paul Jesseph Base Hickman
Paul Jesseph Base Hickman was inspired to join TEAM Fight Cancer to help people living with cancer – people like his sister and good friend.
Committed to the fight against cancer, Paul will be performing from September 21–24 at Dancehouse Carlton North as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival 2016 – with all proceeds from the performances donated to Fight Cancer Foundation.
A day in the life of a post-doc – Dr Joanne Davis
I work in a very interactive lab situated in the hub of scientific and clinical research at the RMH. Our work largely focuses on linking clinical trials of new drugs for blood cancers with understanding the immunology behind how these treatments work.
My research concentrates on how our immune system recovers after bone marrow transplantation, and also how it is impaired when blood cancer takes over.
Faces of Hope: Jade Hunter
This month’s Face of Hope is TEAM Champion for Sydney active events Jade Hunter.
As a writer, blogger, model and fitness ambassador Jade combines her passion for active living with her commitment to the fight against cancer by leading TEAM Fight Cancer at active events in Sydney and sharing her tips and tricks with other team members.
Fight Cancer Foundation’s Recycle Shop supporting the Geelong community
Fight Cancer Foundation’s Geelong Recycle Shop Manager, Barbara Speldewinde was recently featured on the Matchworks website for her dedication to helping Work for the Dole job seekers gain practical skills and experience in their employment search.
Read the full article below.
Faces of Hope: Nicole Quon
This month we introduce you to Fight Cancer Foundation’s John Opie House fundraising committee member, Nicole.
Following a personal experience with cancer Nicole understands the importance of accommodation centres for seriously ill regional Tasmanians. This experience motivates Nicole to do her part in the fight against cancer.
Celebrating NAIDOC Week 2016
Children and young people with cancer are celebrating the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as part of NAIDOC Week 2016.
More than just somewhere to stay
You may have seen Daniel’s cheeky smile in our recent appeal. Daniel was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia at the age of three after his parents noticed he was extremely tired and a deep, blue bruise appeared on his leg.
Living on a dairy farm, Daniel’s family had to relocate for his six months of treatment. Luckily, they were able to stay at one of Fight Cancer Foundation’s accommodation centres close to Daniel’s treating hospital.