The Kids' Cancer Project was founded by Col Reynolds in 1993.
Col’s grit, focus and steely determination to make a difference to the lives of children fighting cancer earned him an Order of Australia in 2000.
A former tourist coach driver, Col’s amazing journey began in the late 1980s when he was driving his empty vehicle past the former Children’s Hospital in Camperdown, Sydney.
After stopping to let two young children with bald heads cross the road, he parked and on the spur of the moment went into the hospital.
Touched by the spirit of the children and families he met that day, Col made it his personal mission to help kids with cancer in any way he could. For the next ten years, Col helped the kids forget their illness by taking them on day trips away from their treatments and hospital beds. He funded the trips himself and started fundraising determined to do more. Every few weeks though, Col faced the inevitable heartbreak of hearing that some children had passed away.
When Col was told by the doctors the only way to stop this anguish was through medical advancement, he turned his passion and enthusiasm to raising money for childhood cancer research.
Col is one man who decided to make a difference. He will never give up until all children survive cancer with minimal or no long-term effects.
This Australian Story program centres on a remarkable friendship between a top scientist and a coach driver with a brave dream to do something about childhood cancer.