Your fundraising through The Clock Cancer Challenge will make a difference to the 35 Australians diagnosed every day with blood cancer or a blood related disorder.
Fight Cancer Foundation funds groundbreaking and vital research into the treatment and cure of blood cancer and blood related disorders.
Doctor Mary Ann Anderson's Story
A recipient of Fight Cancer Foundation research funding, Doctor Anderson was awarded Fight Cancer Foundation's inaugural Fay Duncan Award for Women in Medical Research in 2017.
A haematologist at the Royal Melbourne Hospital and Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Doctor Anderson holds a joint position at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute as a post-doctoral clinician scientist.
Doctor Anderson focuses on new treatments for blood cancers, in particular leukaemia and lymphoma. Her studies focus on potential anti-cancer agents that target proteins keeping cancer cells alive.
Doctor Anderson's long term goal is to develop better treatments for people with cancer, without the serious side effects of chemotherapy.
Fight Cancer Foundation’s accommodation centres in New South Wales, Tasmania and Victoria provide a home away from home for families who must travel long distances to access life-saving treatment.
In 2017, Fight Cancer Foundation provided close to 10,000 nights' accommodation to families from every state and territory in Australia.
Charlie and Ellie's Story
Siblings Charlie and Ellie both received intensive chemotherapy and life-saving bone marrow transplants before they were two years old.
Charlie and Ellie, along with their parents Tony and Merryn were away from their home, family and friends for 15 long months while they received and recovered from their treatment.
Thankfully, Fight Cancer Foundation was able to provide this young family with a home away from home when they needed it most.
As a result of their gruelling treatment, both children had severely depleted immune systems. Something as minor as a common cold was now life-threatening for Charlie and Ellie.
For their parents, Merryn and Tony, the safety of isolation was now the number one priority.
Fight Cancer Foundation’s accommodation centres offer families this safety.Each apartment includes a private bathroom and kitchen facilities which significantly reduces the risk of infection and subsequent life-threatening complications.
Making sure children and young people stay engaged with their education while they receive treatment for cancer is one of the fundamental ways Fight Cancer Foundation helps reduce the long term impact of cancer.
In 2017, over 1000 children and young people enrolled in one of our education support programs at four of Australia’s largest children’s hospitals.
Harrison was a young, fit 17 year old when he was diagnosed with cancer. His diagnosis came as a complete shock.
Harrison explains, “when I heard the diagnosis I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t cry or get angry. I felt blank and it was hard to process. You just don’t expect cancer to happen to you.”
Harrison needed seven months of chemotherapy. At a vital point in his education, Harrison was suddenly unable to attend his regular school as his focus shifted to the fight for his life.
Thankfully, Fight Cancer Foundation was able to offer Harrison some very practical support. Our education support program which Harrison accessed while receiving treatment meant he maintained his connection with his school and school friends.
For Harrison, this practical help meant he didn’t have to worry about school. Instead he channelled his energy into fighting cancer and getting better.