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The Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute (FECRI) is in Ballarat. Established in 1998- named after Fiona Elsey (1977-1991).

In 1990, 12-year-old Fiona Elsey was diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma, a rare bone cancer.  She underwent treatment at the Royal Children’s Hospital, treated by the then Head of Cancer Research, paediatric oncologist and haematologist, Professor George Kannourakis, who commuted from Ballarat.

At that time, Ewings Sarcoma had a survival rate of 5%. Despite treatment, Fiona’s disease progressed. 

When Fiona was very ill; she made Professor Kannourakis promise that he would bring research to Ballarat so that other people would not have to go through what she was going through. Fiona passed away 6th October 1991, aged 14.

Fiona’s courage and inspiration left an inspiring legacy, with her dream growing into a world class cancer research facility in Ballarat.