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A brave family from rural New South Wales openly shares their journey through their child's fight against cancer and the role that Sporting Chance had in supporting them along the way. Video credits to The Sporting Chance Cancer Foundation (www.sportingchance.com.au)
The launch of The Sporting Chance Cancer Foundation in 1996 marked a pivotal moment lead by former Australian Cricket Captain Mark Taylor and a host of Australian Sporting Legends. This non-profit organisation stands resolutely committed to its mission of aiding children battling cancer by offering crucial financial support to mobile home care units and outreach programs.
The Foundation allocates nearly $1 Million annually across Australia, primarily directed towards enabling major children's hospitals to hire Clinical Nurse Consultants (CNCs) for operating outreach programs. These programs are vital in ensuring children with cancer, particularly from regional areas, can receive treatment within the comfort of their homes while minimising disruptions to their families' daily lives. Notably, these services extend beyond regional boundaries, providing home treatment for children in metropolitan areas as well.
The allocation of funds includes the support of a nurse in Queensland, two in New South Wales, and one each in Victoria and South Australia (also covering the Northern Territory). Each nurse requires between $100,000 and $125,000 annually to cover essential expenses, including wages and travel costs. The Foundation's commitment to funding precedes the re-employment of each nurse, signifying the critical role it plays in sustaining these vital services.
Beyond direct patient support, Sporting Chance has also made significant contributions - having allocated over $1,000,000 to the Children's Cancer Institute of Australia for groundbreaking scientific research. Furthermore, $300,000 was provided to Randwick's Prince of Wales Hospital to fund a Metastatic Breast Care Nurse.
The patrons contributing to this cause are some incredible Australians, including Mark Taylor, Australian Kangaroos Captain James Tedesco, AFL Triple Brownlow Medalist Bob Skilton, Olympian Raelene Boyle, Australian Cricketer Merv Hughes, Fox Sports' Lara Pitt, Wallaby great Stirling Mortlock, QLD state of origin & Dragons (NRL) legend Mark Coyne and Australian cricketer Ellyse Perry.
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Archie was diagnosed with a rare eye cancer at 12 weeks old and required regular treatment at The Children’s Hospital, Westmead, despite living in Bathurst. The Sporting Chance Mark Taylor Outreach Program connected his family with Bathurst Hospital, sparing them from relocating or prolonged separations. This local support allowed Archie to stay close to family and friends during treatment.