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On 22 October 2007, two Apexians, Jack Kasses and John Lough were presented with special awards for their inspiration and dedication to the Children’s Cancer Institute (CCI).
Over 30 years ago and with assistance from Apex Clubs all around Australia, they led the way to providing funding to set up The Apex Centre which housed research into finding a cure for childhood cancer.
Today, CCI employs over 100 scientists across 9 major research programs, and the Institute is internationally acclaimed.
The Apex Foundation has contributed over $2 million to this heart-breaking cause. More Australian children die from cancer than any other disease. Sadly, nearly a third of kids still don’t make it, despite tremendous achievements over recent decades.
It takes years of laborious work to get to the point of a major breakthrough. Each year, more than 950 children and adolescents are diagnosed with cancer in Australia. Every week, nearly 3 children and adolescents die from cancer.
It takes years of laborious work to get to the point of a major breakthrough. Each year is a step closer to eliminating children’s suffering from cancer.
CCI celebrated another milestone in its history with the relocation of its entire research operation to the Lowy Cancer Research Centre, officially opened in March 2010.
Now employing more than 200 staff and students, CCI have outgrown the original laboratories funded by Apex. The new building consists of eight storeys and accommodates leading researchers of both children and adult cancer.
For the last few years, funding from Apex Foundation has supported CCI’s Histone Modification Group.Their research is examining the impact of DNA methylation on childhood neuroblastoma, the most common solid tumour in children under the age if five.
Jack Kasses and John Lough, two Apexians who inspired the founding of CCI
The Apex Foundation Board and staff visit the new CCI premises, the Lowy Cancer Research Centre.
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