Cancer in Kids @ RCH (CIKA)

Raising funds for research into solid tumours.

Area: Inner Melbourne

The story so far

CIKA was founded in 1980 by three families, to increase the awareness of cancer in children and to encourage financial support to aid research into children’s cancer.

CIKA is committed to providing funding for research into solid tumours, the most common form of childhood cancer. The aim of CIKA is to stop children from ever contracting these types of cancer, but if they do, to ensure that the treatment they receive is successful. CIKA has actively supported research projects at the RCH with financial assistance since its inception, and will continue to do so until these types of cancers are cured.

What we are working on

In 2008, CIKA committed to funding an active immunotherapy research project for a minimum of three years at $100,000 per annum. This research project involves developing and testing an anti-tumour vaccine for children with brain and solid tumours. Immunotherapy as an option for treatment is still in the clinical trial stage but has the potential to be an effective treatment with fewer side effects that existing treatments.

Office bearers

President: Sandra Lehrer
Vice President: Ellen Webb
Secretary:  Jim Dawson
Treasurer: Stephen Halligan


Sandra Lehrer

0409 369 853



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