The Steven Walter Children’s Cancer Foundation (SWCCF) has donated $275,000 to the Gold Telethon to fund two critical research projects into a cure for children’s cancer.
The Gold Telethon is the major annual fundraising campaign for Sydney Children’s Hospital in Randwick and was seen around the country on Channel Nine, WIN and NBN on Monday 10 June.
The donation comes just a week after the conclusion of SWCCF’s Around Australia Ride, which saw 23 riders ride 15,000km around the country on motorcycles to raise money for children’s cancer research, returning with $225,000.
“Our mission is 100% survival for all children with cancer and to prevent their suffering,” said Sue Walter, Director of SWCCF.
“We have decided that we will combine the money raised on the Around Australia Ride with other funds raised through the Foundation to support two vital research projects.
“The Telethon is a wonderful way for the community to rally together and support the lifesaving work that the Hospital does,” Sue said.
Childhood Cancer Research
The Foundation will provide $150,000 for a collaborative research program between Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick and Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne on brain tumours. It will also donate $125,000 to fund the PreP21 Study, which is focused on predicting and preventing Leukemia in children with Down Syndrome by testing for specific gene mutations, which it is hoped will have applications to other models of childhood leukemia.
The Steven Walter Children’s Cancer Foundation was formed in 2001 for Steven Walter, a young man from Kirrawee, in Sydney, who lost an eight year battle against cancer at the age of just nineteen in 2000.
SWCCF has a very successful history raising money for childhood cancer research having raised $5 million since 2001. Its goal is to raise $700,000 in 2013 to continue funding important research and clinical trials.
“Over the past twelve years an army of volunteers and generous donors have helped us raise $5 million and it is such a privilege to see that money being put to work in supporting research into a cure, reducing side effects of treatments and improving survival rates,” she said.
“There’s been significant improvement in the life expectancy of children post diagnosis, however research and clinical trials are essential to ensure that we continue to move toward our goal of 100% survival for ALL children,” Sue said.
If you would like to make a donation to help the Foundation reach its $700,000 target in 2013, you can do so via the secure online Snowy Ride donation form or call (02) 9542 5885.
About Steven Walter Children’s Cancer Foundation
Steven Walter Children’s Cancer Foundation (SWCCF) originated in 2001 as the Steven Walter Fund and was incorporated in March 2008 as part of a strategic plan to develop a significant long term fundraising capacity to benefit childhood cancer research in Australia. The origins of SWCCF lay in the wishes of Steven Walter, a young man who died in 2000 at the age of 19 after an 8 year fight against cancer. In his final days Steven wrote a powerful letter to his family and friends asking them to raise money for childhood cancer research “so that one day no other kid would have to go through what I’ve been through”.
“100% survival for all children with cancer and prevention of their suffering”
To make a difference for children with cancer by raising philanthropic funds for childhood cancer research which can impact on the current clinical standards of care for children with cancer, reduce side effects and improve survival rates.
SWCCF is committed to fundraising partnerships offering financial support for vital research so that every child with cancer can be guaranteed a future and an improved quality of life. You can make a difference by helping us with a donation to the SWCCF.
Over the past twelve years, the foundation has had a strong commitment to raising funds for much needed and vital cancer research, supporting the provision of a full range of clinical services to patients, tertiary care and health promotion and prevention programs for children and adolescents.
For every 10 children diagnosed with cancer, three do not survive and here in Australia, that translates to three children losing their lives to cancer every week. We believe that is three children too many, and of those who survive many will have chronic health problems as a direct result of their treatments.
Steven Walter Children’s Cancer Foundation
Kylie Di Cesare
0407 732 220