Children’s Cancer Institute is the only independent medical research institute in Australia wholly dedicated to putting an end to childhood cancer.
Their focus is translational research, making sure their discoveries are progressed into actual treatments for kids with cancer as quickly as possible. Their programs look at understanding childhood cancer so they can prevent it occurring, search for more effective diagnoses, examine better and safer treatment options and ultimately find a cure. The overarching theme of their research is to find a more targeted and individualised approach to diagnostics and treatment.
The Zero initiative is one of the most exciting cancer research programs ever undertaken in Australia. The program will see researchers and clinicians working in partnership to offer the country’s first ever personalised medicine program aiming to push childhood cancer survival rates to 100%.
Cancer kills more Australian children than any other disease but through dedicated research, Children’s Cancer Institute believes every child can be cured. The biggest challenge is raising the funds needed for research. Children’s Cancer Institute has a unique, compelling research program that aims to change the future for kids with cancer. Nectar believes we can make a significant contribution to the program and thereby assisting them in finding the cure.
Through our 10-year commitment we aim to raise significant funds to help Children's Cancer Institute’s amazing research. We hope that with our help, this important charity can realise their dream of pushing childhood cancer survival rates to 100%.
As Tyler was jumping on his bed, Sara noticed a lump the size of a 20 cent coin on his back. Sara took Tyler to the GP but he said “it doesn’t look like anything sinister, let’s just keep an eye on it”. For four months the lump grew, but ultrasounds didn’t show anything seriously wrong.
Then Tyler started to cry when he was put in his car seat and Sara knew the bruise was hurting him. She was referred to a paediatrician at Cairns Base Hospital. The paediatrician said straight away “I don’t like the look of that, it’s really nasty.”
After endless scans and tests, Tyler was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma on his second birthday.
Tyler’s treatment started the very next day. Sara and Tyler flew to Brisbane where Tyler started aggressive chemotherapy. This was followed by a six-week course of radiotherapy to shrink the tumour. After the initial intense phase of treatment, Tyler received ongoing maintenance chemotherapy to ensure the tumour did not grow back.
Tyler had a total of 43 weeks of treatment, with MRI’s and CT scans every three months to check on the tumour. There is still a shadow visible where the tumour was, which they hope is just scarring. It hasn’t grown back in the last few years so the family is determined to remain positive.
From now on, when we find you the right home loan, we’ll also help Children’s Cancer Institute find a cure for childhood cancer.