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Zero Childhood Cancer receives $600,000 to continue its fight against childhood cancer

Zero Childhood Cancer receives $600,000 to continue its fight against childhood cancer

14 July 2021

The ground-breaking Zero Childhood Cancer program helping our sickest kids was given a $600,000 boost from The Lott today.

Led by the Children’s Cancer Institute and Kids Cancer Centre at the Sydney Children’s Hospital, the program gives children with less than a 30% chance of surviving their diagnosis a personalised plan to target and treat their unique cancer.

“Zero Childhood Cancer is about giving children smarter, targeted therapy by identifying the unique genetic changes of each child’s cancer and using that to identify what drugs are going to be best placed to fight that cancer,” Children’s Cancer Institute executive director Professor Michelle Haber AM said.

The donation, which includes some Golden Casket unclaimed prize money, will ensure more children have access to this treatment which program leader Associate Professor Vanessa Tyrrell said had already seen extraordinary results.

“We’re here and we do what we do because we all believe there needs to be a future where every child is able to have access to the right treatment, at the right time, the first time, every time, so zero children are dying from cancer,” she said.

The Lott managing director Sue van der Merwe said she was proud to continue supporting this revolutionary team on its mission.

“This program is giving new hope to families and children going through an unimaginable ordeal,” she said.

“We want more children with cancer to have the opportunity to access personalised cancer treatment plans, and with today’s $600,000 donation, along with the incredible work from the research and clinical partners, that will be possible.”

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