A meeting with young patients undergoing treatment for cancer at Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne on Tuesday 26 August was all the inspiration that Zach Tuohy, Ed Curnow and David Ellard from Carlton Football Club needed for this weekend’s game against Essendon on Saturday 30 August.
Thanks to Hyundai Help for Kids Foundation, $1000 will be donated to Steven Walter Children’s Cancer Foundation (SWCCF) for every goal kicked by Carlton in the game on 30 August. That generous donation will enable SWCCF to fund a new research program that looks at how cancer treatments can be tailored to suit each individual patient.
“Our DNA is our genetic fingerprint and what makes us all different from each other. Research has shown that just as our DNA is different, each cancer has its own unique characteristics that can be targeted through specific treatments.
“Thanks to Hyundai Help for Kids and Carlton Football Club, Steven Walter Children’s Cancer Foundation is funding a cutting edge new research program being conducted by Professor Paul Ekert at Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. It will be looking at how we can target the genetic code behind these cancers and treat them more effectively.
“It’s a really exciting research area that has a lot of potential to improve the success of treatments and reduce the impact of side effects, so it is fantastic to see Hyundai Help for Kids and Carlton Football Club getting behind it,” said Sue.
Steven Walter Children’s Cancer Foundation volunteers will also be at the Carlton V Essendon game on Saturday 30 August collecting donations which will go towards funding other important research programs.
“If you’re going to be at the game keep an eye out for our wonderful volunteers in their bright orange shirts and drop a few coins in their buckets. Your small change can make a big difference to kids with cancer,” Sue said.
Donations to help fund research into a cure for childhood cancer can also be made online to Steven Walter Children’s Cancer Foundation.