50 years of Cure Cancer Australia
2017 marks 50 years of Cure Cancer Australia. And what a journey it’s been! Cancer survival rates are improving, but there’s still a long way to go.
It’s hard to believe that 2017 marks 50 years of Cure Cancer Australia. 1967 marked the start of our mission, when two families launched trusts in honour of Jenny and Leo - loved ones they had lost to leukemia.
The trusts, which were established to raise money and support research projects, came together in 1985 to form the Leo & Jenny Leukemia and Cancer Foundation. In 2002, the foundation officially became Cure Cancer Australia.
Under every guise we’ve had, our founding principle has always been the same: To fund the best and brightest minds in cancer research in the hope that we can one day cure cancer for good.
To date, we have invested close to $27.5 million to fund 316 scientists and 483 research projects. We estimate that in the last ten years, our research alumni have attracted on average an additional $45 of research funding for every dollar we have invested in them.
We invest exclusively in emerging researchers early in their careers, at a time when they need it most. Because of our early-career grants, many of our alumni have gone on to become world leaders in cancer research.
Cancer survival rates are improving, but there’s still a long way to go. One thing we can be sure of is that we won’t cure cancer without research. By backing innovative research ideas across all cancer types and all areas of cancer research, we believe we have the best chance of success.
Check out our 50 year anniversary video to find out a little bit more about our history, our hopes for the future, and why we won’t cure cancer without your help.