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Established in 1992, the Children’s Cancer Foundation has been at the forefront of childhood cancer research, ensuring the highest standard of diagnosis, treatment and support for Australian children with cancer. 

Over 25 years the Foundation has distributed more than $51 million in project and capital funding.

The ongoing work of the Foundation is dependent on the success of The Million Dollar Lunch, which has raised more than $22.5 million since 2005.

Clinical Research

To attract the world’s best childhood cancer clinical researchers and build research capacity in Australia.

Clinical Trials

To facilitate new, more effective cancer treatments and to increase the number of trials available for children.

Clinical Care

To enhance the level of care, and help children cope with pain and psychological issues.

Family Support

To provide resources and hospital-based staff to help parents and children navigate the overwhelming world of cancer treatment.

The Million Dollar Lunch is unique in terms of the extent of corporate support, efficiency of fundraising and disclosure of event costs. The Million Dollar Lunch 2018 raised a gross revenue of more than $2.5 million, with costs limited to $118,978, including the time of Foundation staff. The net result is that 95% of the $2.5m gross raised ($2,397,922) is directed to project funding.

Read more about the Children’s Cancer Foundation’s projects.


More than $19.5 million raised since 2005

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29 projects funded to improve outcomes for children with cancer


2,000 children and families positively impacted each year

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95% of the funds raised directed to project funding (2018)

Impact Stories

Ben before receiving his cancer diagnosis.

20 years on. Ben's strength after beating cancer.

Ben went through gruelling cancer treatment at just three years old. He’s now a bright young man sharing his survival story and advocating for children’s cancer research.

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Anna, childhood cancer survivor

Because I survived cancer, I’m becoming an oncologist.

Anna survived Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) as a child and is becoming a paediatric oncologist to help others like her. She shares her amazing story.

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Read more Impact Stories shared with the Children's Cancer Foundation.