Your Impact

About Children’s Cancer Institute 

At Children’s Cancer Institute, our belief is that a life should be long. That every child should have the chance to grow up and grow old. To plan exciting futures, chase their dreams and fulfil their potential. 

But cancer cuts life short for hundreds of children every year, before they’ve even had a chance to make their mark. Here in Australia, we have more than 1000 children and adolescents being diagnosed with cancer every single year. 

Today, thanks to medical research, over 80% of children will survive their disease. But for some types of cancer, such as certain brain tumours, there are still no effective treatment options. 

 Cancer kills three children each week in Australia, and for those who do survive their disease, two-thirds face the prospect of serious long-term health problems, including organ dysfunction, neurocognitive deficits, impaired fertility and secondary cancers. 

By taking part in CEO dare for a Cure 2024, you'll be raising vital funds to support research?to pioneer safer, more targeted treatments for children with cancer. 

As the only independent medical research institute in Australia wholly dedicated to childhood cancer, our role is vital. 

With over 350 researchers, operational staff and students working towards our goal, Children’s Cancer Institute is the largest child cancer research organisation in the southern hemisphere. 


We lead the Zero Childhood Cancer Program (ZERO) in partnership with the Kids Cancer Centre at Sydney Children’s Hospital in Randwick. ZERO is Australia’s first and most comprehensive child cancer precision medicine program.  

ZERO combines cutting-edge science, the latest technological advances, and the brightest minds in research to offer even children with the most aggressive forms of cancer the best possible chance of survival.

The program has enrolled over 1500 children with cancer in Australia, and through the program we are gaining more insight into the mechanisms causing cancers and developing more targeted treatment options. 

Everything we do at Children’s Cancer Institute is about helping more kids with cancer. We are pioneering safer, more target treatments for children with cancer so that more kids not only survive, but go on to live long, healthy lives. 

Where the money goes

Research & scientific activities to help cure childhood cancer

Last year, 84 cents of every dollar spent within the institute was spent directly on dedicated research to help cure childhood cancer.

Fundraising activities to generate donations and increase funding

Core support services and infrastructure cost, vital to keep the institute running