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Denis Banks & a pen of lambs

Amid a COVID lockdown, generous grazier, Denis Banks from Mt Mercer sold ten lambs at the Ballarat yards to benefit cancer research. With support from his Stock Agent, HF Richardson Livestock Bernie Nevins, the pen of lambs sold for just over $8,000. An incredible result! Mr Banks said “We have all been touched by cancer-I wouldnt […]

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Janet Jones shining a light on cancer research

Janet Jones of Anglesea, has her own cancer story. As someone who has faced three separate battles with cancer over a period of 33 years, Janet is passionate about identifying causes for cancer and why some human cells become cancerous. While undergoing treatment in late 2020, Janet came up with the idea is encouraging people to put on their runners, by establishing the Lighthouse Classic event to shed new light on what causes cancer and how it can be treated more effectively. The event raised $60,000. […]

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Redman Family

Dan and Meg Redman of Penola, South Australia, became aware of the work of the Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute following the diagnoses of their son, Jock with Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH). The family have raised $60,000 for for LCH research at the Institute. […]

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A Model Ford Trip- A famous baker, his best mate cross Australia

A famous baker, his best mate, a 1930 A Model Ford make it 7443 km’s across Australia to raise money for Cancer Tom O’Toole, founder of Beechworth Bakery drove his 1930 A Model Ford across the country with his best mate, Keith McIntosh in 2019.  The pair did this drive across the country raising awareness […]

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Lindsay’s Legacy

Lindsay Supple was an ordinary bloke who has left an extraordinary legacy. A bequest from his estate of $300,000 has been donated to Ballarat’s, Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute (FECRI) to support life-saving cancer research. […]

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Dansick Family

The Dansick family of Geelong, first became involved with fundraising for cancer research in 1993, when their healthy twelve year old daughter, Ainsley, was suddenly diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma (a muscle tumour). Through friends and Ainsley’s school community ‘Crazy Hat’ and ‘Head Shave’ days were organised in support of Ainsley. Her good fortune at this time […]

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Jim and Shirley Richards leave important legacy

Jim and Shirley Richards were ordinary citizens who have left an extraordinary legacy.  A charitable trust established in their name has donated $80,000 to the Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute to assist in funding a project for the Detection of Novel Proteins on Cancer Cells that evade the immune system.   Jim died in the […]

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Imaging crucial for FECRI Breast cancer research

Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in women with 20,000 new cases diagnosed in Australia each year. It is the second most common cause of cancer related deaths in women with over 3,100 deaths per year. October is Breast cancer awareness month and the Ballarat based research Institute, wants to shine a […]

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John Turner Cancer Research Fund

In May 2017, we announced the establishment of the John Turner Cancer Research Fund at the Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute following a significant 1-million-dollar donation by businessman and philanthropist, John Turner. […]

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Morrow Family

The Morrow Family of Horsham are wonderful long term supporters and fundraisers of the Institute, having raised over $50,000 for cancer research, in memory of businessman Kevin Morrow. […]

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Graeme & Amelia Troon

In late November 2008 local businessman the late, Mr Graeme Troon and his wife Millie generously decided to complete Stage 3 of the Institute redevelopment at the previous St John of God site.. This involved refurbishing the Ainsley Dansick Cancer Cell Laboratory and providing a new Development Office and Auditorium, which is was  used primarily […]

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The Stafford Family

In 1980 Bruce Stafford, at age 30, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (lymphatic cancer), the first thing he asked his doctor was, ‘What are my chances?’ With 1 in 3 Australian men and 1 in 4 Australian women affected by a cancer diagnosis by the time they reach the age of 75, ‘What are my […]

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Jack and Millie Borbidge

In 2003 two generous donations made by the late Jack Borbidge, secured the immediate future of the Institute. Jack Borbidge, who passed away on Christmas Eve 2002 after a battle with Cancer, bequeathed more than $250,000 to the Institute. The bequest followed a $200,000 donation from Jack shortly before his passing. Jack and his family’s […]

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