Accelerating progress

Our priority is to prevent and cure cancer, as well as improving quality of life for those affected by cancer. 

We have an excellent peer review process for funding applications that supports our strategic priorities, while remaining responsive to new opportunities to beat cancer.

Through our inspirational cycling tours and events across Australia, we’re able to identify and fund the world-class cancer projects that we believe will have the biggest impact. Since 2007, we’ve funded more than 250 cancer projects and achieved 18 significant, world-class cancer breakthroughs. 


Research projects

We take a highly strategic approach to both identifying and defining research projects in Australia. We fund research that brings together academics and clinicians, speeding up the 'bench to bedside' process. We fund research that will give cancer patients access to the latest treatments, as well as opportunities to improve care for future generations. And we fund research that will identify new ways to detect, treat and prevent cancer.

We offer the following cancer research funding opportunities:

  • Established Research Grant - $200,000
  • Scott Canner Young Researcher Grant - $125,000
  • Tour de Cure Cancer Research Scholarship (in collaboration with Foundation for Surgery) - $100,000
  • Pioneering Cancer Research Grant - $80,000
  • Collaborative Cancer Research Grant - $50,000

Support projects

We fund support projects that personally connect people affected by cancer, support them emotionally, physically and financially through their treatment, and ultimately help create hope in the face of this disease.

These support projects include:

  • Nursing or other support resource
  • Accommodation, fuel, finances
  • Camps, material aids, etc.
  • Equipment
  • Special furniture
  • Communication equipment
  • Special support events

Prevention projects

One of our key strategic priorities is to inform, equip and raise the level of awareness across the Australian community, that 1 in 3 cancers are preventable. 

We offer funding for cancer prevention projects, including:

  • Seminars
  • Training
  • Campaigns or programs
  • Clinics

For all previous Research, Support and Prevention Projects we have funded, you can find a full list here


 

2017 Research Projects

  1. Established Research Grant: (Dr Phoebe Phillips - University of NSW) Nanomedicine-based treatment to inhibit pancreatic cancer growth and metastases. This team of researchers have developed a highly promising nanomedicine that could improve treatment for pancreatic cancer – the most chemotherapy resistant and deadly cancer in Australia. This proposal will use state-of-the-art nanoparticles to deliver gene-silencing drugs to inhibit the expression of a gene which promotes tumour growth and metastases in pancreatic cancer cells.
  2. Established Research Grant: (Dr Tobias Trahair - University of NSW & CCIA) Rapid Identification of High Risk Subtypes & Targeted Treatments for Children with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia.The project aims to implement the laboratory capacity in Australia to rapidly identify high‐risk acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) subtypes in children and teenagers; and rapidly screen high‐risk ALL subtypes to identify effective, targeted treatments.
  3. Established Research Grant: (Professor Michelle Haber - University of NSW & CCIA) Targeting FACT to provide more effective and less damaging treatments for children with leukaemia. A promising new drug, CBL0137, blocks cancer cell growth by inhibiting the cancer‐associated protein, FACT. Leukaemia in infants is normally very hard to treat, despite intensive regimens. However this new agent potently kills infant leukaemia cells and we propose to develop CBL0137 for clinical use in children with aggressive leukaemia.
  4. Established Research Grant: (Professor Richard Lock - University of NSW & CCIA) Predictive pre‐clinical drug testing in personalised medicine for childhood cancer. This project will develop optimal methods for rapid and accurate identification of drugs for effective treatment of children, adolescents, and young adults at risk of relapse or death from aggressive cancers. The outcomes will be directly integrated into Zero Childhood Cancer, a national clinical trial that will deliver individualised treatment to children with high‐risk cancers.
  5. Established Research Grant: (Dr Nicholas Huntington - Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, VIC) The Role of IL-15 and Natural Killer Cell Checkpoints in Cancer Immunotherapy. The project will investigate the mechanism behind our recent breakthrough discovery that inhibition of the natural killer cell checkpoint (CIS) prevents tumour metastasis and lethality. The project will indicate which cancers are most likely to respond to such therapy and guide our development of a drug fit for clinical trials.
  6. Established Research Grant: (Professor Murray Norris - University of NSW & CCIA) Brown adipose tissue as a therapeutic target in childhood neuroblastoma. Childhood neuroblastoma, the most common cancer of infants, urgently needs new therapies. The team's research has linked neuroblastoma development to “brown fat” tissue, the highest levels of which are found in infants. This project has the potential to provide a completely new therapeutic approach for this disease and other childhood cancers.
  7. Established Research Grant: (Professor Andreas Strasser - Cure Brain Cancer, NSW) Pharmacological inhibition of MCL-1 and BCL-XL to treat human brain cancers. The project aims to develop better therapies for brain cancers by combining existing cytotoxic drugs with novel drugs that directly trigger cell death. These drugs have shown efficacy in clinical trials for leukaemias; the team will now test whether they can cross into the brain and be efficacious in brain cancer.
  8. Scott Canner Young Research Grant: (Dr Jessica Duarte - Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute, VIC) Prevention of late-stage disease in cancer by an antibody-based early detection screen. Many cancers can be cured when detected early; however sensitive tools capable of detecting early-stage or residual diseases after surgery or treatment are often lacking. We intend to use a novel antibody profiling tool to detect cancer, identify minimal residual disease and predict early relapse, thus preventing late-stage disease.
  9. Scott Canner Young Research Grant: (Dr Pei Liu - University of NSW) Finding a cure for neuroblastoma by targeting a novel long noncoding RNA. Dr Pei Liu recently identified a new gene that is highly expressed in tumours from high-risk neuroblastoma patients. Suppressing the expression of this gene resulted in tumour eradication in mice. In this project, Liu will define the role of this gene in promoting neuroblastoma growth and test combination therapy targeting the gene.
  10. Scott Canner Young Research Grant: (Dr Sarah Hayes - University of Sydney, NSW) Identification of diagnostic protein biomarkers for less invasive screening of lung cancer. Lung cancer is the second most common cancer and is a leading cause of mortality globally. Our project seeks to discover if levels of specific proteins in plasma or exhaled breath are correlated with lung cancer diagnosis, which could be used for less-invasive screening of high-risk populations.
  11. Pioneering Cancer Research Grant: (Dr George Sharbeen - University of NSW) Targeting MutY-Homolog to Reduce Pancreatic Tumour Chemoresistance and Metastatic Spread. Pancreatic cancer is a devastating disease with only 7% of patients surviving 5 years after diagnosis. This project will use a novel nanoparticle to inhibit a key tumour-promoting gene in pancreatic tumours. The findings from this work could eventually be translated into a more effective treatment for pancreatic cancer.
  12. Pioneering Cancer Research Grant: (Dr Jeremy Henson - University of NSW) The C-Circle companion diagnostic for new ALT-targeted cancer cures. Targeted cancer cures can provide effective, low side-effect cures; however, they require identification of the appropriate target patient population for use in clinical trials. This project develops the C-Circle blood test, which will be critical for future advancement of new ALT-targeted cancer cures that are currently in development.
  13. Pioneering Cancer Research Grant: (Professor Maria Kavallaris - University of NSW) Precision nanomedicine for the treatment of neuroblastoma. Advanced stage neuroblastoma is a highly aggressive childhood cancer and 5‐year survival rates are less than 35%. Due to toxic effects of therapy, survivors have life‐long health issues. Using state‐of‐the‐art nanotechnology we are delivering chemotherapy to cancers cells to provide effective and less toxic therapies and increase patient survival.
  14. Pioneering Cancer Research Grant: (Professor John Rasko - Centenary Institute, NSW) Understanding the role of CTCF generic deletion in aggressive endometrial cancer. CTCF is an essential gene for the normal organisation of DNA in cells. This team has discovered that CTCF is genetically deleted at high rates in the most aggressive and deadly types of endometrial cancer. The project will determine how CTCF deletions contribute to the aggressive nature of these tumours.
  15. Pioneering Cancer Research Grant: (Dr Daniel Carter - University of NSW) Using single cell sequencing to identify therapeutic targets in relapsed neuroblastoma. Neuroblastoma is a deadly childhood cancer. Unfortunately current chemotherapy drugs only provide short-lived benefits and neuroblastoma often relapses. The team will analyse individual cells from neuroblastoma tumours to identify the genetic mechanisms that cause tumour relapse. This will assist in development of targeted therapies for relapsed patients and improve patient survival.
  16. Pioneering Cancer Research Grant: (Dr Richard Mitchell - Sydney Children's Hospital Foundation, NSW) TCR α+β +/CD19+ cell depleted haploidentical donor stem cell transplantation for paediatric patients. Stem-cell transplantation remains the only available cure for children with high-risk, relapsed and refractory leukaemia. Only 25% of patients have a genetically matched sibling, however, a child's parent is half a genetic match and a promising alternative. If proven safe and effective, this will provide a cure for children.
  17. Pioneering Cancer Research Grant: (Professor David McKenzie - Chris O'Brien Lifehouse, NSW) A Universal SMART Nanoparticle Carrier for Cancer Therapies. This team will design nanoparticles to seek and kill cancers throughout the body without side-effects. Agents to seek out cancers will guide the nanoparticle that also carries a chemotherapy drug. The design of such a universal nanoparticle gives them a unique opportunity to design the best treatment for each patient.
  18. Pioneering Cancer Research Grant: (Dr Maria Tsoli - University of NSW) A Trojan Horse Strategy Against Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG): Using EGFR‐Targeted Minicells To Deliver Chemotherapeutic Agents. DIPG is the most aggressive of all childhood cancers. Standard treatment with radiotherapy is only palliative and chemotherapy has been ineffective due to the difficulty of the drugs to penetrate the brain. This project will determine the pre‐clinical efficacy of chemotherapeutic agents using a novel targeted delivery method. Positive results will allow for immediate clinical application in an ongoing clinical trial.
  19. Collaborative Research Grant: (Dr Sarah Olsen - Wesley Medical Research Institute, QLD) Queensland Brain Tumour Bank (QBTB). The aim is to continue to expand the QBTB. As of July 2016 over 210 patients’ samples have been collected. The long term goal of QBTB is to collect biological samples from over 85% of surgeries in Queensland. These tumour samples are essential for genetic testing and growing tumour cell lines to test new therapies for brain cancer patients.
  20. Collaborative Research Grant: (Professor Michelle Haber - University of NSW & CCIA) Zero Childhood Cancer - a Collaborative National Personalised Medicine Platform for children with cancer. Cancer remains the most common cause of child death from disease in Australia, accounting for almost three deaths every week. Sample collection and biobanking is a key aspect of the Zero Childhood Cancer Program (ZCC) ‐ a revolutionary multidisciplinary precision medicine study, which will provide personalised treatment of an individual’s cancer, and ultimately new treatments for those with poor overall survival.

2017 Support Projects

  1. New Bone Marrow Transplant Ward at St Vincent's Hospital Darlinghurst (The Nelune Foundation, NSW). The Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant Unit at St Vincent's Hospital provides an extremely vital service to the community and continues to break new ground in the field. The new ward in St Vincent's Public Hospital will provide protective isolation rooms with negative airflow, to minimise the risk of infection when transplant patients are at their most vulnerable.
  2. Autostaining and Robotic Coverslipping – Advancing Translational Cancer Research via the Hunter Cancer Biobank (Hunter Medical Research Institute, NSW). The Hunter Cancer Biobank requires a new CoverStainer to eliminate manual-handling bottlenecks in histopathology. The instrument will increase their capacity to deliver high-quality tissues for cancer research and support the development of improved diagnostic tests and advanced cancer treatments.
  3. OBS-CURE (Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute, VIC) An oligometastatic breast cancer registry: are we already curing metastatic disease? This observational study will create a national registry for patients with very limited metastatic breast cancer (called "oligometastatic disease"). It aims to identify patients who may be cured with multimodality therapy. Ultimately this study can help to establish national guidelines on how to best treat this special population of patients.
  4. WeCope (Ingham Institute of Applied Medical Research, NSW) Development of an illness self-management intervention for Chinese-Australian people diagnosed with cancer and their primary caregiver. Non-English speaking cancer patients and caregivers have higher unmet needs and distress and poorer quality of life than their English-speaking counterparts. The funds will develop WeCope, a resource for Chinese-Australians to enhance coping and skills to self-manage cancer and its impact.
  5. iConquer Fear (Ingham Institute of Applied Medical Research, NSW). Adaptation of an evidence-based face-to-face treatment for fear of cancer recurrence to a web-based self-management (eHealth) intervention and evaluation of its usability.
  6. Helping patients with a chemotherapy-resistant leukaemia avoid ineffective treatment (Children's Medical Research Institute, NSW). The team aims to validate a new diagnostic test that can fast-track patients with chemotherapy-resistant leukaemia towards alternative therapies. This will accelerate treatment, reduce suffering and increase the chance of a cure.
  7. Leukaemia Foundation National Patient Conference Program – Online Education Component (Leukaemia Foundation, National). The project involves extending a state conference program into a national online education component which will provide the broadest base possible of patients and their carers with the opportunity to engage with industry specialists and the wider blood cancer communities.

2017 Prevention Projects

  1. International Childhood Cancer Cohort Consortium (I4C) (Murdoch Children's Research Institute, VIC. A longitudinal prospective study, combining an international alliance of birth cohort studies under the umbrella of a global consortium that aims to identify the environmental and genetic factors which increase the risk of a child developing cancer. The intended result – to identify a preventable cause.
  2. The Tour de Cure/La Trobe University Preclinical Centre for Breast Cancer Prevention, VIC. We aim to establish a Preclinical Centre and associated resources based on mouse models of early breast cancer (genetically engineered and patient derived) that will be accessible for all breast cancer researchers Australia wide to develop and test new preventative therapies for Breast Cancer.

 2016 Research Projects

  1. Established Research Grant: (Dr Shudong Wang - University of SA) Development of a new and effective therapeutic agent to treat childhood leukaemia. This project offers a new drug candidate as an effective and safe treatment for childhood leukaemia.
  2. Established Research Grant: (Dr Damian Hussey - Flinders Medical Centre Foundation) Towards a blood based test for predicting response to chemoradiotherapy in oesophageal cancer. There is no current test to predict treatment response. This project will develop relatively non-invasive biomarkers tests using pre-therapy bloods to predict response, which will optimise patient treatment and survival outcome.
  3. Established Research Grant: (Dr Chuck Bailey - Centenary Institute) Cellular sabotage: Disrupting DNA architecture to kill cancer. Small molecules called 'sabots' that specifically inhibit or 'sabotage' the DNA/protein network that controls DNA architecture in cells have been developed. This project aims to develop cellular sabotage as a new cancer therapy strategy. 
  4. Established Research Grant: (Dr Maya Kansara - Garvan Institute of Medical Research) Chemoimmunotherapy approaches in osteosarcoma. Testing the potential of combining conventional chemotherapy with immune modulatory agents with the aim of identifying more effective treatment strategies for this disease.
  5. Scott Canner Young Research Grant: (Dr Jens Bunt - The University of Qld) Activation of the NFIB pathway as a treatment for glioblastoma. Glioblastoma is a deadly tumour which arises from the uncontrolled growth of glial cells in the brain. Nuclear Factor One (NFI) genes regulate normal glial cell growth, which when disrupted may cause brain tumours. This project will further investigate this result as a treatment option for glioblastoma.
  6. Scott Canner Young Research Grant: (Dr Seray Adams - Macquarie University) Unravelling the ability of a metabolic pathway to suppress normal immune system function in brain cancer. Activity of an amino acid biochemical pathway is increased in brain cancer patients and leads to failure of the immune system to maintain control over brain cancer growth. This research aims to understand how this pathway interferes with the immune system to identify new treatment strategies for treating brain cancers.
  7. Pioneering Cancer Research Grant: (Dr Daniel Speidel - Children’s Medical Research Institute) Clarifying potentially dangerous side effects of serdematan, a novel anti-cancer drug. This project will clarify whether use of serdemetan – a novel anti-cancer drug that has been tested in clinical trials – can make cancer cells multidrug-resistant and basically untreatable. This possibility has been raised by our preliminary data. If true, serdemetan is associated with an unrecognised but severe risk for patients.
  8. Collaborative Cancer Research Grant: (Dr Sarah Olsen - Cure Brain Cancer Foundation) Queensland Brain Tumor Bank. Continue to grow and operate a consolidated brain tumour bank for the state of Queensland, to better inform brain cancer research initiatives across the State. These tumour samples are essential for genetic testing and growing tumour cell lines to test new therapies for brain cancer patients.
  9. Tour de Cure Cancer Research Scholarship in collaboration with the Foundation for Surgery – Dr Anthony Glover.
  10. Innovations Grant - Avner Nahmani Foundation Pancreatic Cancer Research.

2016 Support Projects

  1. Brain Tumour Nurse supporting over 300 children and their families when diagnosed with cancer, based at the Sydney Children’s Hospital Randwick (Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation)
  2. ‘Supporting Someone with Cancer’ Program, which will launch this year, that aims to reduce the carer burden, stress and isolation. The program will roll out in the north-eastern and outer urban areas of Melbourne and include a youth component to ensure that children and young people impacted by a family member’s cancer diagnosis can access relevant and age specific support services and counseling. (Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre)
  3. ‘CerviCAN’ program which will provide accessible and practical services to women with cervical cancer, across Australia, including a free information phone line and both face to face and online support forums to enable women to share their experiences and ask questions of qualified medical professionals(Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation)
  4. ‘Leukaemia Foundation Multimedia’ Project will see 8,000 Australians, diagnosed with blood cancer receive a user-friendly and convenient USB storage device with all vital information which was previously found across booklet, DVD and other printed material. (The Leukaemia Foundation)
  5. ‘Look Good Feel Better’ workshops which offers free workshops across Australia to teach cancer patients how to manage the appearance-related side-effects caused by cancer treatment.  Women, men and teens participate in these. The aim is to have patients leave feeling empowered and ready to face their cancer diagnosis with confidence. (Cancer Patients Foundation)
  6. ‘Tracey Scone Wig Library’ which offers a free wig library, new wigs and fitting service to any cancer or bone marrow transplant patient suffering hair loss due to radiotherapy or chemotherapy. (Arrow Bone Marrow Transplant Foundation).
  7. Curcumin as a therapy for mesothelioma. Every 12 hours a patient in Australia dies of mesothelioma. This incurable tumour affects the surface of the lung and is caused by inhalation of asbestos. Curcumin, a component of the spice turmeric, can inhibit growth of this tumour. Curcumin has been used in many clinical trials and does not have the debilitating side effects of chemotherapy. Flinders Medical Researchers will test if applying curcumin directly to the lung surface is safe and effective at controlling this cancer. (Flinders Medical Centre Foundation)
  8. Establishment of five new protective isolation rooms with ‘negative airflow’ at the Bone Marrow Transplant Ward, St Vincent’s Hospital. These will help St Vincent’s to treat more patients and save more lives. (Nelune Foundation)

2016 Prevention Projects

  1. ‘International Childhood Cancer Cohort Consortium’ (I4C) is a longitudinal prospective study, spanning 5 continents, combining an international alliance of birth cohorts studies that aims to identify the environmental and genetic factors which increase the risk of a child developing cancer. The intended result - to identify a preventable cause. (Murdoch Childrens Research Institute)
  2. ‘The Big Bowel Tour’ takes a walk through 7m x 2.4m large inflatable, with a three-dimensional interior, to communities most at risk of bowel cancer across Australia. It aims to encourage bowel cancer prevention and screening across Australia.  (Bowel Cancer Australia)
  3. Given one in three cancer cases are preventable, at every opportunity across Australia,  Tour de Cure visits schools and community events to engage children and adults in our ‘Be Fit; Be Healthy; Be Happy’ cancer awareness program. This includes gifting each child with a ‘Flipman Rules’ Cancer Awareness Pack and each adult with a ‘What I Wish I Knew About Cancer’ Adult cancer awareness publication.  (Tour de Cure)
  4. Australia has the highest rate of melanoma development in the world, with over 10,000 cases of melanoma diagnosed every year. MelanomaWA aims to make people aware of how to prevent melanoma. (Melanoma WA)

2015 Research Projects

To help find a cure
  1. Foundation for Surgery Tour de Cure Cancer Research Scholarship – Recipient 2015 Dr Andrew Gogos.  Established in conjunction with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) Foundation for Surgery. Dr Gogos is researching “The role of the Hippo-YAP pathway in glioma stem cells”. His project aims to find novel therapies for patients with glioma by targeting tumour stem cells.
  2. Established Research Grant. Innovations Grant - Avner Nahmani Foundation Pancreatic Cancer Research.
  3. Established Research Grant. (Dr Charles Bailey - Centenary Institute Of Cancer Medicine and Cell Biology). Genetic Disruption of CTCF-mediated Protein complexes in Leukaemia Mutations in the genome-organising protein CTFC and its co-factors commonly occur in 40% of acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) patients. In the genetic screen in mice they will reveal whether disruption of CTFC-medicated complexes is a critical event in ALL and reveal new therapeutic targets.  
  4. Established Research Grant. (UNSW Australia) New cures for cancer, using novel technology for ALT-targeted drug discovery. They have invented technology that makes it possible to generate the first cancer cures that target the cancer-specific ALT mechanism. Using technology for high-throughput screening of the potential cure “universe”, which is the most prospective strategy for discovering ALT-targeted (low side-effect) cancer cures. 
  5. Established Research Grant. (Dr Michael Michael - Flinders Medical Centre Foundation) Non-coding RNAs as mediators of metabolic change in colorectal cancer cells. As cancer cells generate their energy differently to normal cells, this presents a possible Achilles' heel that can be targeted to specifically kill cancer cells. Understanding how metabolism is regulated in cancer cells is likely to advance cancer control and therapy. This proposal seeks to investigate the role that "non-coding RNAs" (gene-regulating molecules that are actually produced by our genes), play in controlling cancer cell metabolism.
  6. Established Research Grant. (Professor D Thomas - Garvan Institute of Medical Research) Mapping the genomes of sarcoma patients: a high lethality cancer impacting children and young people Sarcomas are devastating cancers that predominantly affect children and young people with high mortality and poor quality-of-life outcomes. In a world-first, this study seeks to sequence the cancer genes of a global patient cohort to map the complex hereditary basis of sarcomas. Results will inform strategies for early-detection, improved targeted-treatments and prevention.
  7. Established Research Grant. (Professor Michelle Haber - Children's Cancer Institute Australia) Precision Medicine Program for Childhood Cancer. The establishment of a Precision Medicine Program for children in Australia with high risk or relapsed cancer to direct personalised treatment for their particular disease leading to improved survival rates, long term health and quality of life in adulthood for survivors. 
  8. Scott Canner Young Research Grant. (Dr Skelding - Cure Cancer Australia Foundation) Examining genetic cancer targets in acute myeloid Leukaemia. High levels of the protein, 'brain and acute leukaemia, cytoplasmic' (BAALC) is present in Leukaemia cells and is linked with aggressive cancer and resistance to chemotherapy. Dr Skelding’s research will investigate the role of BAALC in acute myeloid Leukaemia (AML) and its potential as a target for new cancer therapies. 
  9. Scott Canner Young Research Grant. (Dr Benjamin Heng - Macquarie University) “Re-educating” immune cells as a combination therapy to limit breast cancer metastasis. Tumours alter biochemical pathways to reduce immune response and so spread (metastasise). One such pathway is the kynurenine pathway (KP), which is elevated in patients with invasive breast cancer. This proposal will examine if inhibition of the KP will provide an effective therapy to limit metastasis and/or relapse.  
  10. Pioneering Research Grant. (Dr Daniel Speidal - Children's Medical Research Institute) A novel biomarker for chemotherapy-resistant blood cancers that can guide therapy. This projects aims to validate a family of molecules that was recently discovered as a biomarker of chemotherapy-resistant blood cancers. These studies will determine whether the abundance of these molecules in cancer cells provides prognostic information and can help to choose the most effective therapy in lymphoma, leukaemia and myelodysplastic syndromes.
  11. Pioneering Research Grant. (Professor Neil Watkin - Garvan Institute of Medical Institute) The Genetic Basis of Lung Cancer Progression. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in Australia. 80% of cases are inoperable. Study is limited by the lack of high quality tissue samples required for comprehensive genome analysis. This novel project hopes to discover how lung cancer evolves and how to target new effective therapies. 
  12. Collaborative Research Grant. (Dr Sarah Olsen - Cure Brain Cancer Foundation) Building of a Brain Tumour Tissue Bank. Establish and operate a consolidated brain tumour bank for the state of Queensland to better inform brain cancer research initiatives. These tumour samples are essential for genetic testing and growing tumour cell lines to test new therapies against for brain cancer patients.  
  13. Medical Research for diffuse intrinsic Pontine Gliomas (DIPG) brain tumours (Dr D Ziegler - Childrens Cancer Institute Australia). Aimed at finding a treatment and ultimately a cure for (DIPG) brain tumours.
  14. Funding clinical research associate at the Childrens Cancer Centre at the Royal Chidrens Hospital
  15. Purchase a class II Biological Safety cabinet (Flinders Medical Centre Foundation) to enable an unbiased screen of cancer-related genes

2015 Support Projects

Supporting those suffering with the journey of cancer 
  1. Melanoma Diagnosis Support Packs. (Melanoma WA) Funds will be used to create melanoma support information packs to be given to GPs through WA South West region, so that they can be given to patients once they are diagnosed with Melanoma. The support packs are the first information patients will be receiving on the diagnosis they have just received and will provide valuable information that is currently left for patients to discover on their own.
  2. Refurbish Warwick Hospital Palliative care Rooms. (Warwick Hospital) Warwick Hospital supports the region including Killarney. Funds will repaint, and provide much needed equipment for the palliative care room. 
  3. Purchase Specifically designed Chemotherapy Chair. (St Vincents Hospital Lismore, Oncology Unit) The chair is called a Stephen H Comfort chair. The chair provides unique capabilities enabling improved comfort and support to patients during chemo treatment.  
  4. Tympanic Thermometer equipment plus vital signs monitor (Maryborough District Health Services) to assist in commencement of new day oncology service.  MDHS have been working for a year to develop a new day oncology service in Maryborough to assist patients in local area who currently travel to Ballarat, Bendigo and other distant locations.  
  5. Cancer Council Support Services (Cancer Council) - information and support services to the wider Dunkeld community. Includes access helpline, local support groups and financial assistance programs. 
  6. Purchase Two Vital Signs Monitors for Oncology services (Stawell District Health). Only one of the three treatment rooms has a vital signs monitoring device. These funds will enable all rooms to be set up, streamlining the operation saving patient and nursing time. 
  7. Remote Rural Health Services (Royal Flying Dr Services) - RFDS conducts 14,000 clinics Australia-wide together with general awareness visits, including rural women’s GP service, mobile dental clinics, eye clinics, diabetes awareness and community health checks. 
  8. Solaris Great Southern Cancer Support Centre (Solaris Care Foundation). Funds will support the operation of the centre and include providing support, education, libraries, therapy and general cancer support in a quiet supportive environment. These services will assist in bridging the gap of available service in regional versus metropolitan centres. 
  9. Dot's Place (Cancer Council). Dot's Place is Cancer Council's new South West Support Centre located in Bunbury. The centre aim is to help people affected by cancer through every stage of the cancer journey, and offers a range of support services, information and resources to people affected by cancer in the southwest region. 
  10. Purchase of Portable Ambulatory Oxygen Concentrator System (Daffodil Cottage Radiation Unit, Bathurst Hospital). The unit will allow cancer sufferers to be mobile and travel from home and hospital enabling them to have a much-improved lifestyle while undergoing treatment. 
  11. Cancer Patient Transport to Treatment Service (Cancer Council). Funds will enable operation of vehicles (with volunteer drivers) to transport cancer patients in Orange and surrounding districts to and from cancer services, and medical appointments. 
  12. Mobile Intraveneous stands, Observation Equipment, saddle chair and enabling wheelchair access to toilet facilities (Cowra District Hospital Oncology Unit). Equipment and facility changes will allow significantly improved patient care. The improved oncology services provided will then to be on par with larger centres.  
  13. Information and support for Kiama residents effected by cancer (Cancer Council). For costs to enable an Illawarra Cancer Services Directory to be printed and distributed to all medical centres, doctors and specialists in region, enabling information to be at hand for those in their early diagnosis and dealing with cancer. Also for financial support to transport cancer patients from Kiama and Nowra for treatment at Wollongong. 
  14. Purchase of L-Dex machine for Cancer Centre (Southern Highlands Cancer Centre).Towards funding a l-Dex machine to detect extracellular fluid accumulation that occurs with lymphedema. Machine facilitates the early detection of lymphedema. This will enable local treatment in timely fashion versus travel to outside the area to access service. 
  15. Camp Quality Family Camps (Camp Quality North Queensland Family Camp) allow families to enjoy some quality time together, away from the hospital, away from the stresses of cancer and provides them with an opportunity to reconnect as a family. These programs also provide a safe and supportive environment to meet and to establish friendships with other families going through a similar cancer journey. One camp requested. 
  16. Supporting someone with cancer (Olivia Newton John Cancer Wellness Centre): A caregiver support program at the ONJCWC. A comprehensive consumer-driven information, resource and support program for care givers of people with cancer. The program aims to reducing carer burden, stress and isolation which is commonly experienced by caregivers. 
  17. Establishment of the NELUNE Comprehensive Cancer Centre. Purchase of anaesthetic Machine and a colposcope machine (The Nelune Foundation). The NELUNE Comprehensive Cancer Centre within the Prince of Wales Hospital Campus will provide world class, holistically coordinated caner care. Patients will be referred to the Centre upon diagnosis and the Centre will offer a place of hope and dignity, bringing together all the multi disciplinary services that a patient requires in their fight against cancer. 
  18. The Leukaemia Foundation Overflow ‘Home away from Home’ Accommodation Project (Leukaemia Foundation) for rural and regional blood cancer patients in NSW and Victoria.  When patient demand greatly exceeds the Leukaemia Foundation’s capacity to provide accommodation in close proximity to treatment in NSW and Victoria, they are forced to utilise external service providers in the provision of accommodation.  This scenario results in significant expense to the Foundation, often placing further fiscal pressure on their existing mission budget.  This project will provide funding for this critical service across a period of one year when facilities are at capacity in NSW and Victoria. 
  19. Tracey Scone Wig Library (Arrow Bone Marrow Transplant Foundation). A free wig library service available to any cancer or bone marrow transplant patient suffering hair loss due to radiotherapy or chemotherapy. For new wigs and fittings. 
  20. Cancer Council SA information and support for the Fleuieu region
  21. Meningie & District Health Services. Purchase of a bariatric bed and pressure relieving mattress for cancer patients
  22. Robe Volunteer Ambulance Services. Provision of specialised cancer and palliation training for the Robe region.
  23. Leukaemia Foundation SA, Community Resource Centre. Assist in funding a blood cancer related support service for cancer sufferers in the region.
  24. Camp Quality funding for a Family Fun Day for children going through the cancer journey.
  25. Cancer Council VIC. Provision of support services to the Warrnambool and district community.
  26. Otway Health and Community Services. Palliative care equipment and room refurbishment.
  27. Canteen VIC. Engaging young people in Geelong living with cancer
  28. Royal Flying Doctor Service - support services in the Melrose region

2015 Prevention Projects

Focused on education and awareness of communities
  1. International Childhood Cancer Cohort Consortium (I4C) (Murdoch Children's Research Institute) Spanning 5 continents. A longitudinal prospective study, combining an international alliance of birth cohorts studies under the umbrella of a global consortium that aims to identify the environmental and genetic factors which increase the risk of a child developing cancer. The intended result - to identify a preventable cause.
  2. Telehealth prevention program (St Vincent's Hospital Sydney). To improve health outcomes of cancer survivors living in rural and regional areas. This 6-week combined physical and stress management training programme will be delivered over the internet to patients at home. The project aims to prevent complications and improve wellbeing of cancer survivors after chemotherapy and transplantation, while reducing cost time and travel burdens, especially for those in rural and regional areas. Funding is for part time staff for project in 2016. This will be a formal trial for expanding this program. 
  3. ‘Flipman Rules’ (Tour de Cure) Cancer Awareness Packs for children across Australia - - VIC Country Tour
  4. ‘What I Wish I Knew About Cancer’ (Tour de Cure) Adult cancer awareness publication - VIC Country Tour.
  5. 'Watch Your Mate's Back' (Melanoma Institute Australia) - Melanoma Institute Australia's School Education Program to develop and implement phase 1 of a 3 phase plan to deliver MIA's School Education Program throughout NSW, focusing on Cancer Institute NSW's 28 identified melanoma “hotspot” regions. Education is critical for Australian children given melanoma is the most common cancer among our youth. The project's goal is to drastically reduce this through targeted education, promoting prevention and early detection.  
  6.  ‘Flipman Rules’ (Tour de Cure) Cancer Awareness Packs for children across Australia - Signature Tour. 
  7. ‘What I Wish I Knew About Cancer’ (Tour de Cure) Adult cancer awareness publication - Signature Tour.
  8. Cancer Care and Haematology information DVD/ebook (The Tweed Cancer Care and Haematology Unit). Development of a comprehensive DVD/e book for patient, families and carers of NNSWLHD – to provide tools for support, prevention, contacts and information throughout their time within the unit and the hospital 
  9. Portable shade structures for Schools/Sporting clubs (Queensland Cancer Council) in Boonah. Queensland has the highest rate of malignant melanomas and non-melanocytic skin cancer in Australia and in the world. Funding is to be used for sporting shade structures resulting in 40% less UV exposure as well as a 20% increase in activity. 
  10.  ‘Flipman Rules’ (Tour de Cure) Cancer Awareness Packs for children across Australia - WA Country Tour. 
  11. ‘What I Wish I Knew About Cancer’ (Tour de Cure) Adult cancer awareness publication - WA Country Tour.
  12. Living Well With Cancer workshops (Quest for Life Foundation)

2014 Research, Support and Prevention Projects Funded

35 Research, Support and Prevention projects were funded from funds raised in the 2014 financial year. Theses include local projects that help each town and region we visit on tour. All project details are below. 

14 Research Projects - To help find a cure 

  1. Perpetual Research Grant. Established in conjunction with Foundation for Surgery.
  2. Invasion and Metastasis: targeting the spread of cancer using advanced imaging and nanotechnology (Pancreatic cancer). Metastatic cancer is one of the biggest challenges clinicians face in curing cancer due to spread, alteration in mutations and drug resistance. Our research focuses on the development of new technologies to markedly improve drug targeting (delivery) to solid tumours. Dr Paul Timpson (Garvan Medical Institute)
  3. Resistant starch: a promising dietary agent for the prevention/treatment of bowel cancer associated with inflammation. (Bowel cancer). Resistant starch: a promising dietary agent for the prevention/treatment of bowel cancer associated with inflammation. Two resistant starches (fibre like products that make the bowel contents much healthier) will be compared in an inflammation-driven cancer model. We anticipate that these agents will generate specific compounds in the development of bowel cancer. Dr Ying Hu. (Flinders Medical Centre Foundation)
  4. Disrupting DNA Architecture in the nucleus: a new mechanism of cancer cell death. The DNA/Protein network that orchestrates genomic architecture and gene expression in the cell nucleus is coordinated by a protein called CTFC. We have designed small molecules that specifically inhibit this network leading to rapid cell death. Using this knowledge we can develop new therapeutics to kill cancer cells. Dr Chuck Bailey (Centenary Institute)
  5. Precision Medicine Program for Childhood cancer. This project aims to establish a precision medicine program that will provide the capability for every poor prognosis childhood cancer patient to have their therapy personalised allowing significantly increased survival rates and improved quality of life in adulthood. Prof Michelle Haber (CCIA & Sydney Children’s Hospital)
  6. Identification of novel permissive mutations representing acquired vulnerabilities in lung cancer. Lung cancer is the most common cause of cancer related death. Dr Larson will be using cutting-edge Next Generation sequencing technology to identify novel genetic alterations that occur early in the development of lung cancer, resulting in improved treatment options. Dr Jill Larson (Cure Cancer Australia)
  7. Identification of Tryptophan-derived biomarkers in brain cancer patients and the effect of tryptophan pathway modulators on brain tumor growth. This project will 1. Measure the whole Kynurenine Pathway (KP) metabolic repertoire in brain cancer patients to identify biomarkers for diagnosis and prognosis and treatment responses, to greatly enhance patient care. 2. Aim to identify new KP modulators that can negatively effect cancer growth. Dr Serey Adams. (Cure Brain Cancer Foundation)
  8. A novel biomarker for chemotherapy-resistant blood cancers that can guide therapy. This projects aims to validate a family of molecules that were recently discovered as biomarker of chemotherapy-resistant blood cancers. Their studies will determine whether the abundance of these molecules in cancer cells can help to choose the most effective therapy. Dr Daniel Speidal. (Children’s Medical Research Institute Westmead).
  9. Helping the Mater Ovarian Cancer Research Collaborative (MOCRC) to take new ovarian cancer research discoveries from the laboratory to the patient’s bedside. Epithelial Ovarian Cancer (EOC) represents the fifth most common cause of female cancer death in Australia, with over 4,600 new cases recorded in 2010. Over the past decade, there has not been any significant progress in overall survival advantages with varying combinations of chemotherapy. There is a pressing need to establish novel treatments by developing EOC subtype specific clinical trials of combinations of therapies, with prior validation by laboratory and clinical research conducted by MOCRC.  Intended Results  (a) Molecular drivers of ovarian cancer (b) Targeted Delivery of Ovarian Cancer Antigens to Dendritic Cells for immunotherapy (c) Optimizing Therapeutic Antibodies for Ovarian Cancer. Dr John Hooper (Mater Foundation)
  10. The effect of donor and recipient perforin gene polymorphisms on clinical outcomes in allogeneic haematopoietic stem cell transplantation. To discover if mutations in the perforin genes of bone marrow transplant patients and their donors lead to reduced survival and/or a greater risk of complications. D Illia Voskoboinik (Melbourne Health)
  11. Building of a Brain Tumour Tissue Bank. Catalyst funding for activities to form a brain tumour tissue bank administered by John Trivett Foundation, based in Queensland from tissue to be received from Major Queensland Hospitals that will enable collaboration and use of the tissue bank by multiple cancer research organisations. Dr Sarah Olsen. (John Trivett Foundation for Research into the cause of brain cancer)
  12. Research into Breast Cancer. Beaudesert Breast Cancer Support Group raising funds for breast cancer research. (Cancer Council Qld)
  13. NSW/QLD Rural Childhood Cancer Management Program/ The Management of the Febrile Child with Cancer. A joint research project between Prof Glenn Marshall (Kids Cancer Centre, Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick) & A/Prof Andrew Hallahan (Royal Children’s Hospital Brisbane). This is a pilot project using a select group of regional centres across New South Wales and Queensland to audit the current system of cancer management for patients with side effects from their treatment. The goal is to devise a safer protocol for any treating doctor in a peripheral centre to provide the correct treatment program for patients. (Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation)
  14. Breast Cancer Research at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute. Centre for Translational Breast Cancer Research where the focus is to try to help fast-track promising research discoveries to the clinic. One of the projects that Professors Lindeman and Visvader are leading involves testing a new class of drugs called ‘BH3 mimetics’ that are showing promise for patients with metastatic breast cancer. They are hoping to take these drugs to the clinic over the next year. (Walter and Eliza Hall Institute)

17 Support Projects

Supporting those suffering with the journey of cancer 

  1. Neuroendocrine Cancer Support Service. The first nationwide telephone support service (1300 CURE NETS) for more than 10,000 Australian Neuroendocrine cancer (NET) patients. A nurse specialist will offer clinically accurate information, emotional support and referral advice to existing and newly diagnosed NET cancer patients. (The Unicorn Foundation of Australia)
  2. Tracey Scone Wig Library. The Tracey Scone Wig Library is Arrow’s most utilised patient support service. The service assists cancer sufferers experiencing hair loss caused by chemotherapy. Cancer patients can borrow a quality wig completely free of charge or obligation, for the duration of treatment and until their hair grows back. In some cases, if the patient has undergone radiotherapy to the skull, hair may never grow back in which case the patient may keep the wig. (Arrow Bone Marrow Transplant Foundation).
  3. The Leukaemia Foundation Overflow ‘Home away from Home’ Accommodation Project for rural and regional NSW blood cancer patients forced to relocate to Sydney for treatment. When patient demand greatly exceeds the Leukaemia Foundation’s capacity to provide accommodation in close proximity to treatment in NSW, they utilise units managed by Uniting Care.  This project is specifically seeking funding contributing to the costs associated with the lease of these facilities across a one-year period. (The Leukaemia Foundation of Australia) 
  4. An Apheresis machine for use in ambulatory care ward, for the NELUNE Comprehensive Cancer Centre, Prince of Wales Hospital Campus. (The Nelune Foundation)
  5. Cancer Council Support in Warwick region. Funds provided for counselling, financial assistance, accommodation and cancer-related resources at no cost to the cancer patient and their families (Cancer Council Qld)
  6. Dedicated Palliative Care facility & Bereavement Support Service. Funding of 3 months supplies of medical consumables needed for the patients in Ipswich Hospice. (Ipswich Hospice Care Inc)
  7. Can Assist Cancer Support Program. Treatment, travel & Accommodation for people with cancer in Young Region. (Can Assist)
  8. Palliative Care Support. Towards the purchase of a specialised palliative care bed for use in Hospital & in patient’s homes to assist in end of life care. Supports people in Crookwell region. (Crookwell District Hospital)
  9. Funding for assistance for life changing support programs. Funding for people suffering with cancer who require financial assistance in attending life changing residential support programs. (Quest for Life) 
  10. Purchase portable oxygen concentrators for Lung Cancer patients. Oxygen units to be loaned for home use allowing Lung Cancer patients to stay at home with Advanced Lung disease. (St Vincents Hospital)
  11. Quest For Life Retreat. Residential program for men and Women living with Cancer. Provides avenues of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual healing. (Quest for Life)
  12. Portable Oxygen Concentrator. For use in Hospital and home for Cancer patients and others will critical needs. (Cooma Hospital)
  13. Purchase a pressure relief chair. To be used in homes and in the palliative care suite. The Chair converts to a day bed enabling terminally ill cancer suffers to receive improved care. (Upper Murray Health & Community Services)
  14. Cancer Support Line & Financial Assistance. Funding local support assistance programs and Nurse cancer support assistance. (Cancer Council Victoria)
  15. Improving Cancer Diagnostic Service. For the purchase of instruments for endoscopy procedures that diagnose new cancers and check for cancer recurrence, (Alexandra District Hospital)
  16. Long Term Follow Up Clinic. Clinic supports wellbeing and quality of life of blood cancer persons following completion of their initial cancer treatment. Dr Sharon Avery. (Alfred Hospital)
  17. Camp Quality Northern Children Junior camp. Junior camp for kids living with cancer aged 7 to 9.  Camp numbers estimated at 25. (Camp Quality Tasmania)

 

8 Prevention Projects - Focused on education and awareness of communities 

  1. International Childhood Cancer Cohort Consortium (I4C). A longitudinal prospective cohort study, combining an international alliance of cohort studies, the consortium aims to identify the environmental and genetic factors which increase the risk of a child developing cancer. The intended result – to identify a preventable cause. (Murdoch Children’s Institute)
  2. ‘Flipman Rules’ (Tour de Cure) Cancer Awareness Packs for children across Australia - Signature Tour
  3. ‘What I Wish I Knew About Cancer’ (Tour de Cure) Adult cancer awareness publication - Signature Tour
  4. Eat it to beat it Nutrition Project. Cancer Council NSW’s Eat It To Beat It program will help families in Orange understand how eating the right amount of fruit and vegetables helps fight against many types of cancer. The Eat It To Beat It program gives parents practical ideas and recipes to make it part of their everyday routine. The Eat It To Beat It program is offered free and is simple for schools to run. (Cancer Council NSW)
  5. Skin Cancer Prevention Education Sessions. For the deliver of Cancer prevention Education sessions throughout the region to Early learning Centres, Child care Centres and Primary schools. (Cancer Council Tasmania)
  6. ‘Flipman Rules’ (Tour de Cure) Cancer Awareness Packs for children across Australia - State of Origin Country Tour
  7. ‘What I Wish I Knew About Cancer’ (Tour de Cure) Adult cancer awareness publication -State of Origin Country Tour
  8. ‘Flipman Rules’ (Tour de Cure) Cancer Awareness Packs for children across Australia - WA Country Tour

2013 Research, Support and Prevention Projects Funded 

38 Research, Support and Prevention projects were funded from funds raised in 2013 financial year. Theses include 14 Annual Research, Support and Prevention (RSP) projects and 24 local projects that help each town and region we visit on tour. All project details are below. 

Thirteen Research Projects - To help find a cure 

  1. TEAM (Treat Exercise & Analyse Melanoma) The goal of TEAM is to identify the biomarkers which are related to the development of resistance in each patient’s melanoma. This involves tumour biopsy & peripheral blood sampling after a single dose before treatment begins and then at defined time points. (Melanoma Institute Australia) 
  2. Optimising response to treatment in Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia fellowship of Dr Chuck Bailey’s and consumables - under Professor John Rasko (RPAH – Cure the Future) 
  3. The involvement of the Kynurenine Pathway in Glioma Pathogenesis – Dr Charlie Teo (Cure for Life) 
  4. Understanding the genetic and epigenetic mechanisms in Colorectal Cancer (CRC). Investigating the different subtypes of CRC, both hereditary and sporadic, that can be identified through molecular and histopathological characterisation of CRC tumours and their pre-malignant lesions (polyps). At Queensland Institute of Medical Research- Dr Daniel Buchanan (Cure Cancer Australia) 
  5. Using molecular detection of minimal residual disease to improve outcomes for children with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia – Professor Michelle Haber and Professor Glenn Marshall (Children’s Cancer Institute Australia and the Sydney Children’s Hospital) 
  6. Preventing ovarian cancer deaths- the most lethal gynaecological malignancy. Blood based testing to diagnose women with early stage ovarian cancer. Currently there is no screening in place and early detection allows for significant reduction in this lethal cancer. Dr Goli Samimi (Garvan Institute of Medical Research) 
  7. Early Career Cancer Research’s Symposium. Fostering collaboration between young researchers that advances cancer research in Australia. (Cure Cancer Australia Foundation) 
  8. Perpetual research grant. In conjunction with Foundation for Surgery and Tour de Cure. (The Foundation for Surgery) 
  9. Providing support expenses for student radiation therapists working in Toowoomba Cancer Research Centre. (Toowoomba Regional Cancer Research Centre.)
  10. Research into prevention of Neuroblastomain children. (Sydney Children’s Hospital)
  11. Assist in the purchase of a BIO impedance spectroscopy for diagnosis and analysis of Lymphoedema. (Gippsland’s Lake Community Health)
  12. Research funds for researcher to conduct genetics research at the Kolling institute. (Royal North Shore Hospital)
  13. Research into oral anti-cancer drug Professor S Wang University of SA. (Cancer Council SA) 

Sixteen Support Projects supporting those suffering with the journey of cancer 

  1. Patient and Carer ‘Specialist Conferences’ to educate, and provide information, networks as well as creating positivity and hope. Presented by medical specialists in each state. (Leukaemia Foundation) 
  2. Tracey Scone Wig Library for Cancer patients (Arrow Foundation)
  3. Brain Tumour Nurse (Elizabeth Bland) who provides information, co-ordination, social worker support services and medical understanding of treatment regimes to over 300 children and their families per year (Nelune Foundation) 
  4. Purchase of Mobile chairs for Palliative care in the community. Cancer Council Qld) 
  5. Financial assistance for cancer sufferers in Toowoomba, Dalby and Kingaroy areas. (Leukaemia Foundation of QLD)
  6. Providing financial assistance for people with cancer in Armidale region. (Can Assist) 
  7. Providing financial and practical support for cancer sufferers in Singleton region. (Hunter Breast Cancer Foundation)
  8. Purchase 2 infusion pumps for administering pain relief in Hawkesbury region) Hawkesbury Health Services Ltd)
  9. Regional Fund day for children suffering with cancer Victor Harbour region. (Camp Quality) 
  10. Special purpose palliative support bed. (Country Health SA, Meningie District Hospital)
  11. Purchase accuturn mattress for palliative care enabling movement of patients without lifting. (Country Health SA, Bordertown memorial Hospital)
  12. Funding for running expenses for short term stays for those living with breast cancer. (The Otis Foundation).
  13. Regional family fun day Benalla region. (Camp Quality)
  14. Funds to assist School Healthy eating gardens program. Albury region. (Cancer Council NSW)
  15. Provide 300 nights accommodation at Hilltop Cancer accommodation support, for families with Cancer. (Fight Cancer Foundation Ltd)
  16. Establish plant wall garden at Ronald McDonald House Canberra. (Ronald McDonald House Canberra.) 

 

Eleven Prevention Projects focused on education and awareness of communities 

  1. Expert researchers, who are experts in the field of gene activity, will use plants to produce cancer-protective molecules and deliver them to animal models, as the first step in a program that aims to create a novel nutriceutical (something that we eat) that will deliver cancer-preventing molecules into the blood stream through bowel absorption (Flinders Medical Centre Foundation) 
  2. The International Childhood Cancer Cohort Consortium (I4C) involving 1 million mothers and babies from 15 countries aims to find a preventable cause for childhood cancers and in particular, leukaemia by identifying genetic and environmental factors that are associated with the subsequent development of childhood cancers. The Murdoch Children's Research Institute plays a pivotal role as the International Data Coordinating Centre and funds from Tour de Cure help support the vital role of the biostatistician who provides methodological and analytical expertise to produce robust, validated findings. (Murdoch Children’s Research Institute) 
  3. 'Flipman Rules' Cancer Awareness Packs and 'What I Wish I Knew About Cancer' Books and educating and raising cancer awareness in men, women and children, across community Australia (Tour de Cure) 
  4. Fund two health awareness conferences for men’s health in Tamworth region. (Prostate Cancer Foundation) 
  5. Fun day together with learning programs for young people living with cancer in Bairnsdale region (Canteen) 
  6. Transport and accommodation assistance regional Victoria. (Cancer Council Vic) 
  7. Funding for expansion into 2 new retreat homes in Phillip Island. (Otis Foundation) 
  8. Regional support and Education sessions for those living with leukaemia, lymphomas, myeloma and related blood disorders in Horsham region. (The Leukaemia Foundation) 
  9. Community School cancer awareness meetings in Jindabyne region. (Cancer Council NSW) 
  10. ‘Flipman Rules’ (Tour de Cure) Cancer Awareness Packs for children across Australia - NSW Country Tour
  11. ‘What I Wish I Knew About Cancer’ (Tour de Cure) Adult cancer awareness publication - NSW Country Tour

Tour de Cure's 2012 Research, Support and Prevention Projects 

Throughout the course of the Tour de Cure 2012 financial year, we fundraised in order to donate funding to the following Research, Support and Prevention Projects for men, women and children. We thank the collaborative efforts of our team along with Corporate Australia and all communities who enabled these projects to be funded. 

Included in these 26 Research, Support and Prevention (RSP) projects is the work Tour de Cure does with local communities and beneficiaries to fund small, but vital, local community RSP projects across our Signature Tour, Country Tours and our ‘Inspire Your Community’ Ride Day. These Research, Support and Prevention Project details will be shared with our team, they receive their donation at our Community Celebration dinners or lunches with all details being communicated after via our website and captured in our Board’s Annual Celebration Letter. 

We are proud to share the cancer Research, Support and Prevention Projects we helped to fund in 2012. These projects are in no specific order and the managing beneficiaries are detailed in brackets after each project. 

Seven Research Projects - to help find a cure ($950,000 funded) 

  1. ‘Melanoma Genome Project’ which will completely sequence the genome of 500 patients with the objective of providing personalised treatment (Melanoma Institute Australia)
 
  2. Optimising response to treatment in Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia fellowship of Dr Chuck Bailey’s and consumables - under Professor John Rasko (RPAH – Cure the Future)

  3. The involvement of the Kynurenine Pathway in Glioma Pathogenesis – Dr Charlie Teo (Cure for Life)

  4. Investigating the role of Salinomycin, a common antibacterial drug, in treating brain tumours. This grant is co-funded with Cancer Australia under the Priority-Driven Collaborative Cancer Research Scheme – Dr Brian Day (Cure Cancer)
 
  5. Using molecular detection of minimal residual disease to improve outcomes for children with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia – Professor Michelle Haber and Professor Glenn Marshall (Children’s Cancer Institute Australia and the Sydney Children’s Hospital) 
  6. Clinical trial co-ordination work with Dr Theresa Hayes (South West Health Care Warrnambool) 
  7. Nurse Practitioner & Research Assistant to manage tumour bank projects to assist with preparing research results for publication (Cure for Life) 

Fourteen Support Projects – supporting those suffering with the journey of cancer ($340,000 funded) 

  1. Patient and Carer ‘Specialist Conferences’ to educate, and provide information, networks as well as creating positivity and hope (Leukaemia Foundation)
 
  2. Tracey Scone Wig Library for Cancer patients (Arrow Foundation)
  3. Brain Tumour Nurse (Elizabeth Bland) who provides information, co-ordination, social worker support services and medical understanding of treatment regimes to over 300 children and their families per year (Nelune Foundation) 
 
  4. Financial resilience through cancer grant application to help patients, families and carers cope with the financial stress of cancer (Cancer Council) 
  5. Petrol costs to transfer cancer patients for treatment (Victorian Royal Flying Doctor Service) 
  6. Purchase specialised chairs to go into chemotherapy suits to provide improved comfort to cancer patients (Supporting Chemotherapy in Cooloola) 
  7. Hervey Bay regional fun day, allowing those with cancer to get a break and enjoy family activities (Camp Quality) 
  8. Seize the day study awards for those sunshine coast students who have experienced cancer either themselves or with a close family member, enabling personal growth and coping with cancer (Cancer Council) 
  9. Community transport and accommodation support for residents in Ayr area diagnosed with Leukaemia (Leukaemia Foundation) 
  10. 2 electronic blood pressure machines for oncology ward, to provide faster and more accurate blood pressure readings for cancer and other patients (Gladstone Hospital) 
  11. Hi-Low bed for palliative care needs unit, allowing improved comfort for patients (Wahroonga Retirement Village Biloela)
  12. Fund additional training for nursing and medical staff in outlying centres (Rockhampton Hospital) 
  13. Purchase lifting chairs which significantly improve comfort for oncology patients at Proserpine Hospital (Whitsunday Health Services) 
  14. Contribution towards the purchase of a Versa Palliative care bed that will significantly improve patient comfort and often alleviate the need for patients to travel 1.5 hrs to other hospitals (Ingham Palliative Carers Committee inc) 

Seven Prevention Projects – focused on education and awareness of communities ($210,000 funded) 

  1. ‘Behavioural Change Program’ assessing, monitoring and modifying participation in lifestyle behaviours linked to cancer and identifying the cognitive and psychosocial needs of cancer patients, survivors and their families and carers (Flinders Medical Centre Foundation)
 
  2. International Childhood Cancer Cohort Consortium to find a preventable cause of childhood cancer (Murdoch Children’s Research Institute)

  3. 'Flipman Rules' Cancer Awareness Packs and 'What I Wish I Knew About Cancer' Books to educate and raise cancer awareness in men, women and children, across community Australia (Tour de Cure) 
  4. Four network and promotional visits to regional Victoria to connect and support kids and community carers plus make them aware of mental health services available to them (Canteen) 
  5. Fund travel and expenses for Guest Speakers to attend lead up events and promote awareness for major fund raising gala ball to raise funds for melanoma awareness (Melanoma Institute Australia). 
  6. ‘Flipman Rules’ (Tour de Cure) Cancer Awareness Packs for children across Australia - Signature Tour
  7. ‘What I Wish I Knew About Cancer’ (Tour de Cure) Adult cancer awareness publication - Signature Tour

2011 Research Projects... To help find a cure 

In 2011 Tour de Cure donated $1,436,633 to the following 29 Cancer Research, Support and Prevention projects for men, women and children. 

The following 11 research projects received $1,000,000 of funding: 

  1. The role of imagable microspheres in radioembolisation treatment planning for HCC / Liver Cancer – Dr Kathy Willowson (Cure Cancer Australia Foundation) 
  2. Identification of cells of origin in breast cancer - Dr Nai Yang Fu (Cure Cancer Australia Foundation) 
  3. Strategic equipment required to extend Lowy laboratory capability in finding prevention means for brain cancer – Dr Charlie Teo (Cure for Life Foundation) 
  4. Funding of Cell culture orbital water bath 'belly dancer‘ (Cure for Life Foundation) 
  5. Contribution to researcher and consumables for kynurenine pathway research project – Dr Charlie Teo (Cure for Life Foundation)
  6. Research equipment for gene and cell cancer research – Professor John Rasko (Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPA) / Cure the Future)
  7. Temperature controlled orbital shaker for growing bacteria (Royal Prince Alfred Hospital RPA Foundation - Cure the Future) 
  8. Research on using molecular detection of minimal residual disease to improve outcomes for children with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia – Professor Michelle Haber and Professor Glen Marshall (Sydney Children’s Hospital & Children’s Cancer Institute Australia) 
  9. 2 minimal residual disease tests for 2 children (Sydney Children’s Hospital & Children’s Cancer Institute Australia)
  10. Prostate cancer research to create personalised medicine to manage the disease in advanced stages – Dr Kate Mahon (Garvan Research Foundation)
  11. Funding to assist young researchers scholarship income for living expenses (Garvin Research Foundation) 

2011 Support Projects... Supporting those suffering with the journey of cancer.

The following 13 support projects received $336,579 of funding: 

  1. State of the art chemotherapy suite increasing comfort and support for patients (Flinders Medical Centre Foundation) 
  2. A chemotherapy chair (Flinders Medical Centre Foundation)
  3. Upgrade to office phone system (Cure Cancer Australia Foundation)
  4. Inaugural Ovarian Cancer Supportive Care Program (Cancer Council Australia Foundation) 
  5. Recreational Camp for kids (Camp Quality)
  6. Ski camp for Wollongong senior kids (Camp Quality)
  7. Travel assistance for patients, carers and bone marrow donors (Arrow Foundation)
  8. The Tracey Scone Wig Library (Arrow Foundation)
  9. Scholarships to registered nurses employed in the field of blood and marrow transplantation and paediatric oncology (Arrow Foundation)
  10. Patient seminars and comprehensive guides on the transplant process (Arrow Foundation)
  11. Computer & printer for the Cooma office (Cancer Council Australia Foundation)
  12. Funding for national support group management (Prostate Cancer Foundation Australia)
  13. Upgrade to the Entertainment facilities for 18 patient home away from home accommodation units (Leukaemia Foundation) 

2011 Prevention Projects... Focused on education and awareness of communities 

The following 5 prevention projects received $100,054 of funding: 

  1. IT equipment for Albury region education seminars (Leukaemia Foundation) 
  2. ‘Flipman Rules’ Kids Cancer Awareness Publication (Tour de Cure) 
  3. ‘What I Wish I Knew About Cancer’ Adult cancer awareness publication (Tour de Cure) 
  4. Education grant for speakers bureau (National Breast Cancer Foundation) 
  5. Speakers bureau training session for the Shepparton region (National Breast Cancer Foundation) 

2010 Research Projects... To help find a cure 

In 2010 Tour de Cure donated $1,150,000 to the following 14 Cancer Research, Support and Prevention projects for men, women and children. 

The following 6 research projects received $875,000 of funding: 

  1. A Monte Carlo, study research grant to work out more effective radiotherapy treatment of breast cancer (National Breast Cancer Foundation) 
  2. Research Study 'Helping shoppers to make healthier food choices' (Cancer Council Australia) 
  3. Applied Biosystems 7900HT Fast Real-Time PCR System including consumables. (Cure for Life Foundation)
  4. Pipette Package and Roller Mixer (Cure for Life Foundation)
  5. SYSTEM200 Wave Bioreactor medical equipment for clinical anti-cancer cell therapies and CFX96 Real Time PCR System (Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPA) / Cure the Future) 
  6. Gastro + Melanoma 1 year research grants for Dr Tracy Putoczki and Dr Chen Chen Jiang (Cure Cancer Australia Foundation) 

2010 Support Projects ... supporting those suffering with the journey of cancer 

The following 6 support projects received $170,000 of funding: 

  1. Transport and paying for 24 Campers for Gold Coast Camp (Camp Quality) 
  2. Patient & Carers ‘Conference with the Specialists’ (Leukaemia Foundation) 
  3. Create Patient Recreation and meeting rooms (Leukaemia Foundation) 
  4. Telephone system for Mincom Patient Accommodation (Leukaemia Foundation) 
  5. Community Cancer Network Seed Funding (Cancer Council Australia) 
  6. Host Server Disaster Recovery (Cure Cancer Australia Foundation.) 

2010 Prevention Projects ... Focused on education and awareness of communities 

The following 2 prevention projects received $105,000 of funding: 

  1. High School Education Program ‘Teenage Alchemist’ (Camp Quality) 
  2. Workshop for Speakers Bureau (National Breast Cancer Foundation) 

2009 Research Projects... To help find a cure 

In 2009 Tour de Cure donated $690,000 to the following 14 Cancer Research, Support and Prevention projects for men, women and children. 

The following 5 research projects received $430,000 of funding: 

  1. ‘Two Think Tanks’ for the National Collaboration Breast Cancer Research Program (National Breast Cancer Foundation) 
  2. 3 year Naming Rights to the PhD researcher from the Leukaemia Foundation National Research Program “Natural Cells - The role of the innate immune system in Cancer” (Leukaemia Foundation) 
  3. 3 year Naming Rights to the PhD Student on the Clear Study Research Program which aims to prevent and treat cancer by assessing lifestyle and genetic influences (Cancer Council Australia) 
  4. Alpha Therapy for Glioma clinical trial study (Cure for Life Foundation)
  5. Cell & Gene Research into Prostate cancer – Dr John Rasko (Royal Prince Alfred Hospital & Cure The Future) 

2009 Support Projects... Supporting those suffering with the journey of cancer 

The following 6 support projects received $120,000 of funding:

  1. Fund remote kids and families to attend Rockhampton's Main Camp (Camp Quality) 
  2. Subsidise conveners and their carer of support groups to attend PCFA's 2nd national conference "Supporting Quality of Life for Men with Prostate Cancer" (Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia)
  3. Set up of a new Prostate support group in Bowen region (Prostate cancer Foundation of Australia)
  4. Installation and Maintenance of a stair lift for patients as well as the creation of an Outdoor Recreation Area at Waverly home away from home (Leukaemia Foundation)
  5. Fund six awnings to be erected at their Townsville accommodation units, that to date were unable to cool or use their back rooms in the hot season or over the wet season as they had no ability to open the doors (Leukaemia Foundation)
  6. Fund Bundaberg office to purchase training equipment as the purpose of the office is to support that entire region and it’s training across all forms of cancer related needs (Cancer Council Australia) 

2009 Prevention Projects... Focused on education and awareness of communities 

The following 3 prevention projects received $140,000 of funding: 

  1. Inaugural High School Education Program ‘Teenage Alchemist’ (Camp Quality)
  2. Fund Mackay region new speakers to attend the next speaker’s bureau training course (National Breast Cancer Foundation)
  3. Fund two free cancer information clinics in Treatment centres and hospitals (Cancer Council Australia) 

2008 Research Projects... To help find a cure 

In 2008 Tour de Cure donated $275,000 to the following 3 Cancer Research and Support projects for men, women and children. 

The following research project received $105,000 of funding: 

  1. Three year Breast Cancer Research Scholarship. Across 2008 - 2010 this research scholarship will work in conjunction the 'Easie Evie' Robot. (National Breast Cancer Foundation) 

2008 Support Projects... Supporting those suffering with the journey of cancer 

The following 2 support projects received $170,000 of funding:

  1. Fund the creation and implementation of Camp Quality's Inaugural National Camp (Camp Quality)
  2. Fund the convener of each of the 73 Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia support groups, and their carer, to attend PCFA's inaugural national conference "Supporting Quality of Life for Men with Prostate Cancer" (Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia) 

2007 Research Projects... To help find a cure 

In 2007 Tour de Cure donated $249,030 to the following 3 Cancer Research and Support projects for men, women and children. 

The following research project received $83,010 of funding: 

  1. Adopted ‘Easie Evie' Robot for a year. Easie Evie was the latest in breast tissue research and analysis (National Breast Cancer Foundation.) 

2007 Support Projects... Supporting those suffering with the journey of cancer 

The following 2 support projects received $166,020 of funding:

  1. 151 children were able to attend recreational camping programs, ranging from one-day activities to seven-day camps. (Camp Quality)
  2. National inaugural conference development, planning and securing of keynote speakers - "Supporting Quality of Life for Men with Prostate Cancer" (Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia)