As COVID-19 restrictions lift, Leukaemia Foundation prepares for spike in Myeloma cases
The Advocate

AS COVID-19 restrictions ease around the country, the Leukaemia Foundation is bracing for a steep rise in the number of Australians living with the blood cancer myeloma now and into the future.

“Now that restrictions are beginning to lift, we’re expecting myeloma case numbers will increase as more Australians seek…

Cartoons go viral as people get a taste of a world with cancer and COVID-19
The Advocate

A series of frank cartoons, powerfully illustrating what the COVID-19 pandemic means for children with cancer compared to that of a healthy child have gone viral on social media, after reaching close to a quarter of a million people in less than 48 hours.

Angus Olsen, whose daughter had cancer,…

Childhood cancer and COVID-19: Increasing connection and support during social isolation
The Advocate

I keep hearing in the media that coronavirus doesn’t present a real danger to kids. But for our kids, kids with cancer, COVID-19 presents a very real and potentially deadly risk. Kids like 5-year-old Hunter pictured here at home with his dog, Rocky.

For those of us who don’t have…

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Image: Captain Starlight reduces anxiety and lifts the spirits of sick kids in hospital wards and Starlight Express Rooms Australia-wide.
The Advocate
Health May 27, 2020

Three health charities have been given a much-needed boost at a time when the charity sector, which relies heavily on income from public events and other in-person fundraising initiatives, is being impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Starlight Children’s Foundation, Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation and Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia have received almost $110,000 in donations from AFT Pharmaceuticals as a result of a fundraising drive to support vulnerable Aussies and get people talking about health.

The fundraising initiative ran over a six-month period in 2019 and saw AFT donate $1 from each Maxigesic® pack purchased from participating pharmacies to the customer’s choice of one of the three charities – Starlight Children’s Foundation, Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation or Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia.

Kristie Caddick, Head of Fundraising and Marketing at Starlight Children’s Foundation, says the donation will enable them to continue their ongoing work at a time when families are faced with the added stress of being impacted by the pandemic. “Right now, in all areas of healthcare things are changing rapidly. Starlight is working as closely as ever with our partners in the children’s hospitals to ensure we can continue to deliver our programs in any way we can.

“Our focus remains to provide the positive impact of Starlight to children, young people and their families when they need it most,” Ms Caddick said.

Every minute of every day, a child is admitted to hospital in Australia and every month children and their families make over 15,000 visits to Starlight Express Rooms. As the needs of hospitals…


World’s Greatest Shave: Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow
The Advocate

Australia’s only national charity dedicated to help cure and conquer blood cancer, the Leukaemia Foundation officially kick starts the 22nd World’s Greatest Shave across the country from Wednesday 11 March.

This year, the event aims to raise $16.5 million to provide vital support for the 41 Australians…

Grieving Adelaide mothers to walk to Melbourne to honour late daughter’s wish
The Advocate

Grieving mothers, Belinda Moore and Maria Topalian, are honouring their daughter’s dying wish to “pay it forward” after her sudden death from complications brought on by cancer.

The couple will embark on a 20-day, 742 kilometre trek from Adelaide to Melbourne in October to raise much-needed…

Leukaemia Foundation helps fund more priority driven research
The Advocate

Research into the side effects of bone pain in childhood leukaemia patients and the use of novel therapies to help detect relapse in myeloma patients will be funded through a partnership between the Leukaemia Foundation, Cancer Australia and other cancer charities.

The two innovative projects will benefit from the funding…