Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

05 Oct 2018

September marks Children’s Cancer Awareness Month, a time to bring awareness of the devastating effects of childhood cancer and raise vital funds for research into finding a cure.

To commemorate, Children’s Cancer Institute has engaged in a variety of awareness and fundraising activities throughout the month.

Go Gold

On 1 September 2018, we kicked off Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in spectacular fashion when we joined forces with Cancer Australia, The Kids’ Cancer Project, Sydney Children’s Hospital Randwick, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and The Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation, to turn the iconic Sydney Opera House gold.

Over 400 people touched by childhood cancer attended a special candlelit vigil on the steps of the Opera House, with many others submitting a photo for our digital tribute wall, which celebrated all kids affected by childhood cancer and recognised the vital need for continued research.

Gold is used to commemorate the month as it symbolises the strength, courage, and resiliency of all children with cancer.

Diamond Ball

On the same night as Go Gold, the International Convention Centre in Sydney was host to the glitz and glamour of our annual Diamond Ball.

Over 700 guests witnessed moving family stories and entertainment from Samantha Jade, raising over $1.1 million for childhood cancer research in the process. An extraordinary effort.


Zero Childhood Cancer update

Earlier this month, we were delighted to share some results from the Zero Childhood Cancer clinical trial and the amazing story of Ellie.

Over the first 11 months, 129 children have been enrolled in the trial, which uses sophisticated genetic tests to analyse their individual cancer cells, test potential targeted drugs and recommend personalised treatment options. Read more about the results of the trial.

No story exemplifies the impact more than that of Ellie, who would not be here today without the Zero Childhood Cancer program. Watch Ellie’s story below.

The Zero Childhood Cancer program is in partnership with the Kids Cancer Centre at Sydney Children’s Hospital Randwick, part of the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network.

Dare to Cure

On 7 September 2018, 48 CEOs and business leaders took on a variety of dares to raise funds for childhood cancer research as part of the CEO Dare to Cure.

The dares ranged from getting a tattoo to having a bath with snakes to walking on glass and fire, with the participants raising over $400,000.

Check out some of the highlights below.

Build for a Cure

Throughout September, Children’s Cancer Institute, in partnership with McDonald Jones Homes and McCloy Group have been building for a cure in Medowie, NSW.

In just 21 days, a home has been built and furnished, with local tradies and professionals donating their time to build what has been labelled ‘the house built with love.’ Furniture, appliances and styling have been donated by Freedom Furniture, Fisher & Paykel and Winning Appliances.

On 21 October 2018 the home will be auctioned off, with all funds going towards children’s cancer research.

Take a tour through the home at