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C O N T E N T S
Message from the President & Managing Director
Volunteer of the Year
Where does your money go?
The Board of Directors
The Year that Was - Events of 2011
Medical Advisor Professor Jeffery Szer
Honorary Lawyers Corrs, Chambers Westgarth
Honorary Accountants Moore Stephens
Honorary Auditors Lawler draper dillon
Patrons in Chief her excellency Professor
Marie Bashir aC CVo governor of new South Wales
the honorary alex Chernov ao QC governor of Victoria
Patrons Sir gustav nossal aC CBe
deborra-lee Furness hugh Jackman
Ambassadors david Boon MBe
Mark Beretta Simon Marshall
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guided by our vision of giving hope and saving lives the Fight Cancer Foundation has continued to move forward within a difficult economic climate.
The Australian Bone Marrow Donor Registry (est. 1990) lists 174,883 potential donors and is internationally-linked, providing access to more than 10 million potential donors worldwide. the registry has given a second chance of life to 2,544 patients.
Fundedby theFightCancerFoundationand gifted to the royal Melbourne hospital, the world renowned Rotary Bone Marrow Research Centre (1994) continues to research leukaemia and genetic blood disorders.
InconjunctionwithTheRoyalChildrens hospital and Murdoch Childrens research institute, the BMDI Cord Blood Bank (1997) has collected, frozen and stored 10,000 cord blood units and released the 908th life saving cord blood unit.
BMDI Rotary House (2003) in north Melbourne provides 13 self-contained apartments for patients with cancer, and other life-threatening illnesses, along with their families, and has been a home away from home for 452 families.
TheFightCancerBack on Track program (2005) enables primary and secondary students living with cancer to continue their education during long absences through treatment and recovery.
John Opie House in hobart (2008) is a 20-room accommodation centre that has accommodated 600 patients and carers.
Construction is underway at the Albury Wodonga Accommodation Centre, and will provide for 30-unit patient and carer accommodation, with stage 1 due for completion by the end of 2012.
along with the ongoing support of a hard working Board of directors, development Board, Staff, Committees, Volunteers and dedicated supporters, the Fight Cancer Foundation will continue to progress and provide care, treatment and support to those affected by cancer.
JOHN BARBOUR President ERIC WRIGHT Managing Director
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Message froM The PresidenT& Managing direcTor
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T H E B M D I C O R D B LO O D B A N K
as part of the AusCord network of cord blood banks in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, the BMDI Cord Blood Bank, banked its 10,000th cord blood unit in 2011, providing potential ready to use transplant tissue for patients needing a bone marrow, stem cell or cord blood transplant who are
unable to be matched with a suitable donor.
Up to 9000 Australians are diagnosed each year with blood cancers or other related diseases, many requiring a transplant.
the BMdi Cord Blood Bank, in association with Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, the Royal Childrens Hospital, and Ronald McDonald House Charities Melbourne, was established in 1997 honouring robbie Lodder, who passed away aged 11 in 1991 after a battle with Chronic Myeloid
through the BMdi Cord Blood Bank, Fight Cancer Foundations mission of giving hope and saving lives provides a second chance of life for patients in australia and overseas who require a transplant.
the Cord Blood Stem Cell Research Laboratory was established in 2008 as the research arm of the Cord Blood Bank. the prime aim of this group is to undertake research into improving the use and understanding of cord blood stem cells for cellular therapies. this type of translational research brings
together basic science with clinical outcome.
With cord blood transplantation increasingly being used as a frontline therapy for both children and adults with haematological malignancies and other blood or metabolic disorders, being able to prospectively select the best cord blood units for transplant patients will potentially benefit all patients
undergoing cord blood transplant in the future.
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THE BMDI CORD BLOOD BANK BANKED ITS 10,000TH CORD BLOOD UNIT IN 2011.
DR. NGAIRE ELWOOD Phd
Director BMDI Cord Blood Bank and Head Cord Blood Stem Cell Research Program
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F I G H T C A N C E R B A C K O N T R A C K P R O G R A M
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STAyING CONNECTED WITH SCHOOL AND FRIENDS IS IMPORTANT AND GIvES A REAL SENSE OF PURPOSE AND HOPE FOR THE FUTURE.
each year more than 600 australian children are diagnosed with cancer many of whom are students. treatment and recovery can result in months and possibly years away from school. Staying connected with school and friends is important and gives a real sense of purpose and hope for the future.
now, in its seventh year, the Back on Track program provides support to school-aged children living with cancer and allows them to stay in touch with their schools and friends.
as experienced school teachers, the Back on track coordinators work with families and schools to develop support plans that meet
the educational, social and welfare needs of the students and assist with their transition back to full time schooling.
Students who have benefited from Back on track come from all educational institutions, varying from large city schools to remote rural communities. the program is tailored to suit the individual needs and circumstances of each student.
Schools and families report that the program coordinators are able to understand and deal with the many issues that arise due to cancer treatment and absences from school.
DR. BELINDA BARTON
Head & Psychologist, Childrens Hospital Education Research Institute, Westmead NSW
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T H E B O N E M A R R O W R E S E A R C H
L A B O R AT O R I E S
Cancers of the blood, leukaemias, lymphomas and multiple myeloma, affect people of all ages and are the third largest cause of cancer death in australia. Currently, most chemotherapy is toxic and not curative. translation of research is needed to create
better clinical outcomes.
The Royal Melbourne Hospital has a longstanding commitment to research and clinical care of blood cancer. as hosts of the largest bone marrow transplantation service in Victoria, they perform approximately 80 transplants annually. The Bone Marrow Research Laboratories, with the support of the Fight Cancer Foundation, have provided valuable insights over two decades into the
underlying causes of blood cancers.
in our newly established ACRF Translational Haematology Laboratory, we plan to utilise basic science knowledge by applying this to samples from patients, in order to create
new pathways of treatment.
With the generous support of the Fight Cancer Foundation, we will establish the first Phd student in translational haematology. the $200,000 grant provided by the Fight Cancer Foundation will provide a stipend for the scholar and will also be used for the ongoing support of haematology research in
this important research is a collaboration between The Royal Melbourne Hospital, The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research and The University of Melbourne, and is a significant project of the newVictorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre.
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PROFESSOR INGRID WINSHIP
Executive Director Research Melbourne Health
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T H E AU S T R A L I A N B O N E M A R R O W
D O N O R R E G I S T Ry
the Australian Bone Marrow Donor Registry has more than 174,000 potential donors registered, and is a part of Bone Marrow Donors Worldwide that lists more than 10 million potential donors and allows
australian patients to search international registries for the most suitable donors.
TheAustralianBoneMarrowDonorRegistrywasestablished in1990 inconjunctionwith theFightCancer Foundation (formerly the Bone Marrow donor institute) to help people diagnosed with leukaemia or other life threatening blood disorders and has provided a second chance of life to 2,544
patients unable to find a bone marrow match within their family.
Research continues to further the application of bone marrow and cord blood transplants with the expectation that these vital stem cells may radically reform the treatment of many other life
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THE REGISTRy HAS PROvIDED A SECOND CHANCE OF LIFE TO 2,544 PATIENTS UNABLE TO FIND A BONE MARROW MATCH WITHIN THEIR FAMILy.
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A C C O M M O D AT I O N C E N T R E S
the Fight Cancer Foundation, together with the support of the Rotary Club of Albury North, Zonta Club of Albury Wodonga and Lions District 201V6, is developing a 30-unit accommodation centre for patients and carers who need to visit hospitalsinAlburyorWodonga.This$5.5mproject will provide a vital piece of health infrastructure for the region and outlying communities.
February 2011 saw the Fight Cancer Albury Accommodation Centre Appeal official launch, with a donation of $100,000 from rotary, Zonta and Lions.Therewasgreatsupportfortheproject,with grants from the Federal government of $1.5m and the new South Wales government of $750,000.
Stage 1 of the building works have commenced comprising 20 motel-style units with ensuites, communal kitchens and lounge areas.
BMDI Rotary House in north Melbourne provides accommodation to families, many with the patient
undergoing a bone marrow transplant and requiring lengthy stays close to the the royal Melbourne and royal Childrens hospitals.
during the year BMdi rotary house was a home away from home to 50 families for an average 4-6 months. the house received a welcome refurbishment with painting, new carpets and replacement furniture.
John Opie House in hobart was home to 230 patients and carers during 2011. Furnishings were updated in each room, providing comfortable and affordable accommodation.
our vision to provide cancer patients and their families with a caring and supportive sanctuary, and assist with better health outcomes, continues as we work towards providing more affordable accommodation centres throughout australia closetomajortreatinghospitals.
Albury Wodonga Accommodation Centre
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F O O T y C O LO U R S D Ay
Friday 2nd September, 2011
Footy Colours day attracted hundreds of thousands of participants from schools and
companies around australia. Supporters from nrL, aFL, rugby union and Soccer wore their favourite footy colours, hosted themed events and helped raise awareness and funds for the
Fight Cancer Back on Track program.
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Tuesday 15th February, 2011
Fight Cancer Foundations Patron in Chief, Professor David de Kretser, former governor
of Victoria and Mrs Jan de Kretser hosted the Foundations 21st anniversary celebration with an afternoon tea at government house. Many
original supporters of BMdi attended and enjoyedreminiscingabouttheearlybeginnings,
celebrating the Fight Cancer Foundations achievements and welcoming future expansion.
R E D B A L L
Saturday 12th November, 2011
Le Bal Du Rouge Au Cirque was the theme for the prestigious 19th annual red Ball - an evening of dare-devil thrills and excitement,
celebrated circus-style under the big top. Silvers Circus tent was transformed into a glittering five star arena with Patron Deborra-lee Furness and
Channel 7s Peter Mitchell as hosts. Fight Cancer Foundations signature event was a huge success
withthesupportofmajorsponsorsFoxtel, Network 7, Paspaley, The Hour Glass and Lojac.
J O H N O P I E S C H O L A R S H I P
Tuesday 15th February, 2011
the John Opie Scholarship, named in honour of past Fight Cancer Foundation President John Opie was presented to Duygu Karaman by the governor of Victoria. duygu, a former Back on Track student thanked the scholarship sponsors, Kaplan Business School Australia, for the opportunity to pursue her
dream of attending university.
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Tuesday 27th September, 2011
Fight Cancer Foundation launched the 2012 Back on Track fundraising campaign
in Sydney with a cocktail party at Paspaleys stunning showroom in george Street, with special guest and Patron Hugh Jackman.
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The YearThaT Was
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We congratulate our Volunteer of the Year Mrs Moya Hughes, Manager of the Fight Cancer Foundation Drysdale Recycle Shop.
Moya has managed the shop for 14 years and has developed a great rapport with customers and other volunteers. She moved to drysdale from Bendigo more than 16 years ago and shortly after lost her beloved
husband harry, to cancer.
once youve lost someone through cancer, you feel you want to give something back, said Moya. ive found friendship and comfort with the wonderful women who volunteer for the Foundation and i love chatting with customers. When you...