As a supporter of the Kids Cancer Project since 2009, the AMCA proudly attended the launch of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month at Government House in Sydney on 31 August.
In hosting the launch, NSW Governor, David Hurley, commended the Project on its longevity.
"25 years of service to research, to the care and to the health of our children is something of which you can be extremely proud," he said
Col Reynolds, Founder of Kids Cancer Project, in fact started the initiative several years earlier when he used his coach to take children on day trips out of the hospital.
As he learned, cancer and its current treatments present a harsh reality. Among the many statistics about cancer is the fact that, by the time these children are 50 years old, survivors of childhood cancer will have experienced about five severe or life-threatening chronic health conditions, on average.
That's why initiatives like the Kids Cancer Project are so vital.
"In the 1950s, cancer was nearly always a death sentence for a child; however, today, eight out of ten children diagnosed with cancer will survive," Governor Hurley said.
"And much of what is known about treating adult cancers has been learned from childhood cancer research. In fact, some aspects of cancer treatment, such as combination therapy, can be traced to paediatric cancer research. "These and more breakthroughs are due to your tireless work … work that you passionately pursue so that kinder, more effective treatments can be discovered to help countless children in the future.”
AMCA members have donated in excess of $500,000 through various fundraising events since that 2009.