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Each year in Australia, one in three men and one in four women will be diagnosed with cancer before the age of 75. We believe a world without cancer is possible and we won’t stop until it’s a reality.

Why shave for ACRF?

We fund research into all types of cancer

Since 1984, we’ve provided almost $160 million of funding to innovative cancer research projects that aim to discover new and improved ways to prevent, detect and treat all types of cancer.

We provide large grants that make a real impact

Annually we award grants of between $1 million and $10 million to visionary cancer research projects. We back bold ideas that explore new ways of approaching the challenges attached to treating this complex disease.

We support research across Australia

We provide the brightest researchers in Australia with the technology, equipment and infrastructure needed. We are proud to say that cancer research in Australia is consistently punching above its weight. 

Here are just some past projects brave supporters like you have helped fund:

Cervical Cancer Vaccine

Supporters like you contributed to the seed funding for Professor Ian Frazer’s development of a cervical cancer vaccine. Thanks to a national immunisation program, Australia is set to be the first country to effectively eliminate the disease.

Personalised Cancer Treatment

Donations like yours enabled an ambitious project that aims to provide each cancer patient a personalized treatment plan within 36 hours from diagnosis.

Zero Childhood Cancer

With your contributions, we became one of the founding partners of an initiative to tackle the most difficult cases of infant, childhood and adolescent cancer in Australia. Clinical trials are currently underway nationally and results are looking positive.

You don't have to be a scientist to play a part.

You just need a pair of clippers.


I was also diagnosed with cancer – Hodgkin’s Lymphoma to be exact.

“My name is Jennifer, I am 20 years old. 2018 was a big year for me. I finished my studies, graduated as a nurse, and two days after my final exam headed off overseas for 3 months to celebrate, tired but excited.

After two weeks of travel, a large lump appeared on my neck. My aunt, who I was visiting, took to me to their doctor as I was heading to Greece, Portugal, and Morocco the following week. I was feeling a little run down from all the studying, but I didn’t feel sick.

Waiting for appointments, travelling to hospital for tests, more waiting for results. I was anxious and toey. My mum, who is a nurse, rang from Australia and asked the doctor if she should travel to Ireland to be with me for the test results.

“I would,” he said.

D-day comes we we’re and off to Dublin to get what I thought would be the ‘all clear’ to resume my holiday, only to be told that I had Hodgkin’s Lymphoma … whatever that is. I guess my newly printed nursing certificate didn’t cover everything.

Up until then, I thought the waiting was the worst thing in the world, but I was wrong.


Read Jennifer's Story

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