Photo: (L-R) CEO Owen Finegan, Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation Chair Len Chersky and NSW Minister for Health and Medical Research Ryan Park
When it comes to finding a cure for childhood cancer The Kids’ Cancer Project has a heart and head philosophy. So, it is only fitting that in its 30th Anniversary year, the national charity founded by Col Reynolds OAM, has again been recognised for its continued advocacy for kids with cancer and for funding medical research into the disease that kills more Aussie kids than any other.
As one of its significant supporters Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation recently honoured The Kids’ Cancer Project with an award from The Royal Alexandra Society for its extraordinary support of over $ 15 million. This prestigious award also recognises the charity’s continued commitment to supporting pioneering research projects at the Hospital.
On being presented with the award Owen Finegan, CEO, of The Kids’ Cancer Project, said: “This award acknowledges the generational impact research funding has had over the years, and with our donors' ongoing support this will continue into the future.”
Owen further acknowledged the relationship between research and philanthropy.
“It’s amazing to think that just over thirty years ago childhood cancer researchers were working out of backrooms with hardly any equipment and quiet often a cancer diagnosis was a death sentence”.
Looking back at what The Kids’ Cancer Project has achieved since 1993 I remember all the adults and kids, who have helped us get to where we are today. The children who have passed away but with the knowledge that Col would never stop working to find a cure by supporting science.
“The families of those children, our corporate partners, donors and others who continually raise funds so we can fund research. And our amazing community who increase their giving knowing they are making a difference to kids with cancer.
“As CEO I’m very proud that The Kids’ Cancer Project has been acknowledged for its achievements and ongoing commitment. But we also recognise our community of supporters. It is only thanks to their ongoing philanthropic support that we have been able to continue funding so many pioneering projects.”