Cancer in Kids @ RCH
Raising funds for research into solid tumours
Area: Inner Melbourne
The Story So far
Cancer in Kids @ RCH (CIKA) was founded in 1980 by three families, to increase the awareness of cancer in children and to encourage financial support to aid research into children's cancer.
CIKA is committed to providing funding for research into solid tumours, the most common form of childhood cancer. The aim of CIKA is to stop children from ever contracting these types of cancer, but if they do, to ensure that the treatment they receive is successful. CIKA has actively supported research projects at The Royal Children's Hospital with financial assistance since its inception, and will continue to do so until these types of cancers are cured.
WHAT WE ARE WORKING ON
In 2008 CIKA committed to funding an active immunotherapy research project for a minimum of three years at $100,000 per annum. This research project involves developing and testing an anti-tumour vaccine for children with brain and solid tumours. Immunotherapy as an option for treatment is still in the clinical trial stage but has the potential to be an effective treatment with fewer side effects that existing treatments
President: Sandra Lehrer
Vice President: Ellen Webb
Secretary: Bernie Dawson
Treasurer: Steve Halligan