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The Fight Cancer Foundation was established in 1989, as the Bone Marrow Donor Institute (BMDI), by a group of families who had experienced first hand the devastation and helplessness, of having a child with leukaemia. Their mission was to establish a bone marrow donor registry in Australia and to find a cure for leukaemia.
The Fight Cancer Foundation is a registered national charity with a mission to give hope and a second chance of life to cancer patients.
The objective of the Foundation is to provide care, treatment and support for cancer patients and their families and fund research into finding a cure, better treatment methods and early detection tests. The aim is to continue to support existing projects whilst broadening the scope of our work to provide support programs for cancer patients into the future.
The Foundation relies on the support of the community, public donations, volunteers and corporate partners to continue its lifesaving work. The scope of our work has broadened to include numerous cancer related projects that support patients and their families.
Since 1989 the organisation has established:-
• 1990 – The Australian Bone Marrow Donor Registry - Has more than 173,000 potential donors registered is linked to the international registers with access to10 million potential donors and is the 7th largest registry in the world.More than 2,000 leukaemia and cancer patients have been given a second chance of life
• 1991 – The BMDI Leukaemia Family Support Group was set up to provide non-medical advice and support for patients, families and carers.
• 1994 – The Rotary Bone Marrow Research Centre was built and gifted to the Royal Melbourne Hospital.
• 1994 - Bone Marrow Research Laboratory was established to find a cure for leukaemia and other cancers and recently identified the defective gene that causes spina bifida.
• 1995 – The BMDI Breast Cancer Support Group was formed to provide vital information and support for women with breast cancer.
• 1996 – The BMDI Cord Blood Bank was established in partnership with the Royal Children’s Hospital and the Murdoch Research Institute and is linked to the international cord blood banks. More than 8,000 cord blood units from umbilical cords and placentas have been collected and stored, providing a second chance of life to more than 800 patients in Australia and overseas.
• 2001 – The BMDI Bone Marrow Transplant Support Group was established to provide support for transplant patients and their families.
• 2003 – BMDI Rotary House – With 13 self-contained apartments was opened in North Melbourne. The House is a home away from home, for patients and their families, whilst in critical care at major treating hospitals in the CBD of Melbourne.
• 2004 – Fight Cancer Back On Track Program was launched to enable primary and secondary school aged children living with cancer to continue their education and stay in touch with their schools, teachers and peers. The aim of the program is to ensure that every child living with cancer, is given the opportunity, to reach their full potential.
• 2008 - The Fight Cancer Foundation House - Hobart was opened to provide affordable and comfortable accommodation for patients, their carers and family members accessing Hobart’s hospitals.
• 2008 – Ovcare National Cancer Centre was established to support ovarian cancer research and the development of an early detection test.
• 2009 - The Fight Cancer Back To Work Program was launched to assist bone marrow and stem cell transplant patients and their long- term carers to re-enter the workforce after long absences through treatment and recovery.
• 2009 – Mens Cancer Foundation – was established to address men’s health issues and find an early detection test for prostate cancer and bowel cancer
The focus of our work is projects that relate to cancer, leukaemia and other blood disorders.
By participating in Footy Jumper Friday you will assist us in achieving our goal “to give hope and a second chance of life to cancer patients and their families”.