Your donations made a huge difference in the past year. Every dollar donated is investing in the futures of sick kids.
Read our latest Impact Report for 2021/22 to discover how your fundraising supports new research, purchases state-of-the-art medical equipment, and provides patient and family services.
What we’re funding together
On behalf of sick kids and their families right across Queensland and northern New South Wales, thank you for your support, which has enabled the investment into the following areas.
For decades, chemotherapy, radiation and surgery have been the mainstays of treating cancer, however they have unwanted side effects, and can leave survivors with chronic health problems, and lifelong physical and intellectual disabilities.
Your donations have supported the establishment of the Ian Frazer Centre for Children’s Immunotherapy Research, By capitalising on the strengths of a multidisciplinary team of experts, the Centre will accelerate the pace of discovery and ensure research is translated into a new era of children’s cancer treatments. The Centre will harness immunotherapy potential to make significant improvements in children’s survival and survivorship.Find out more
Brain cancer research
Because of you, Children’s Brain Cancer Centre researchers discovered that spinal fluid collected in routine lumbar punctures can be used to create a ‘genomic fingerprint’ of a child’s cancer.
This fingerprint can then be used to create individually tailored treatments. This revolutionary discovery could become the standard for treating brain cancer in kids by 2023. Research findings like this give kids like Isaac and his family hope for a better future.Find out more
Digital PET-CT scanner
The Queensland Children’s Hospital is now home to a state-of-the-art $5 million digital Positron Emission Tomography – Computer Tomography (PET-CT) scanner, thanks to a $2.5 million investment from a gift in Will donation.
The new state-of-the-art digital PET-CT scanner will provide easier and faster scans for paediatric oncology patients undergoing treatment at Queensland Children’s Hospital. Ensuring kids like Liam can have the right care delivered in the right place at the right time.Read Liam’s Story
Thanks to you, a high-density (HD) electroencephalography (EEG) machine has been funded at the Children’s Centre for Health Research in South Brisbane.
This piece of equipment is central to a research study that is monitoring brain waves in children affected by stroke and brain injury. Helping kids like Rowan have a more pleasant treatment experience and allowing them to be awake, giving clinicians a more comprehensive understanding of their brain patterns during recovery.Read Rowan's story
Sensory play program
Our ‘playability’ loans library has been further developed thanks to your donations and the input of a very important little boy, Zayden and his family.
Zayden’s Toy Box has been named in his honour and boasts a collection of switch adapted and sensory toys for children with vision impairment, varying mobilities or cognitive abilities, and sensory needs.Read more
3D surgical navigation technology
Queensland kids with bone cancer, like Sofia, will benefit from better outcomes after surgery, thanks to cutting-edge 3D surgical navigation technology.
Thanks to your generosity, this $1.7 million piece of equipment, made Queensland Children’s Hospital the first paediatric hospital in Australia to use this technology. Without this equipment, Sofia would have faced a very different future.Read Sofia's story
How we leverage your donations
When you donate to us, we are transparent about where your money goes.
For every dollar donated 64 cents goes straight to impact like research, equipment and supporting patients and families.
10 cents goes towards our future fund. This future fund allows us to make big multi-year commitments to areas of vital importance like brain cancer and cystic fibrosis.
Finally, 26 cents goes towards operating expenses and cost of fundraising allowing us to generate more income and operate with good governance.
The figures above are based on lifetime values since inception in 1985 to the end of the last financial year June 2022.
Meet the kids
Read inspirational child stories to see your impact in action
Liam from Ballina, who was born with Down Syndrome, was diagnosed with leukaemia on Mother’s Day 2021.
Evie was born with cystic fibrosis – a life threatening disorder that will likely require her to undergo a lung transplant in the future.
Archie was diagnosed with leukaemia in June 2020, after his parents noticed the lymph nodes on the back of his head were inflamed.
Eight-year-old Belle fell from her horse at her grandmother’s farm in Kingaroy and she had to be airlifted to Queensland Children’s Hospital.
Arlo was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia at just 15-weeks-old. He will continue treatment until he is just over two years old.
When Sofia was diagnosed with high-grade osteosarcoma – a type of bone cancer. Treatment included a rare and complex procedure.
Isaac was diagnosed with brain cancer at only four-months-old. His tumour is inoperable, but he underwent treatment to shrink the tumour.
Born with multiple joint deformities, five-year-old Patrick has undergone ongoing plaster casting of his torso and legs since birth.
Rowan is living with an acquired brain injury after he was injured during a motorcross event at seven-years-old.
Taleigha-Rose was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2020 when she was 14 years old, her treatment is ongoing.