About Unite
to Fight Cancer

What would you give to bring hope to every person diagnosed with cancer and their loved ones? Your sweat, your determination, your passion?

That’s exactly what our wonderful UNITE community did between 14-23 October – walking 60km or riding 200km over the 10 days to raise much-needed funding for our work. Thanks to all their effort and commitment – and to over 22,000 people who sponsored them – over $1.7 million was raised to support vital cancer research at Peter Mac.

Thank you so much to everyone who took part. If you haven’t sponsored someone already, please consider doing so now and helping us make even more of a difference for families facing cancer.

A photo from the closing ceremony.

Sherene’s story

“For breast cancer patients, much has been achieved in the last 20 years in the quest for personalised and more effective medicine, but there is still work to be done.

“I hope to contribute to further improvements in survival in breast cancer patients. Joining us for Unite to Fight Cancer will give you the chance to contribute to the search for cancer cures too.”

– Prof Sherene Loi, Head of Peter Mac’s Translational Breast Cancer Genomics and Therapeutics Laboratory

Sherene’s story

“For breast cancer patients, much has been achieved in the last 20 years in the quest for personalised and more effective medicine, but there is still work to be done.

“I hope to contribute to further improvements in survival in breast cancer patients. Joining us for Unite to Fight Cancer will give you the chance to contribute to the search for cancer cures too.”

– Sherene Loi, Head of Peter Mac’s Translational Breast Cancer Genomics and Therapeutics Laboratory

Professor Sherene Loi is head of the Translational Breast Cancer Genomics and Therapeutics Laboratory at Peter Mac. Sherene’s research has led to new understandings of how the immune system responds to breast cancer, providing key insights into using immunotherapies to treat breast cancer. 

Being a clinician, Sherene has a strong focus on translational research and clinical trials, not just in Australia, but internationally. Her research is recognised internationally – in 2020 Sherene was awarded an Outstanding Investigator Award for Breast Cancer research by the American Association of Cancer Research, as well the European Society for Medical Oncology’s 2020 Breast Cancer Research Award.

Working at Peter Mac allows Sherene to incorporate clinical and laboratory research under the one roof. Sherene leads a busy breast cancer research lab and the Breast Oncology Clinical Trials Unit at Peter Mac. Caring for patients, as well as treating patients on clinical trials is an important part of what she does.

Sherene’s Lab team participated in Unite to Fight Cancer in both 2020 and 2021 and raised an impressive $13,500 between them.

Last year

in numbers

3,200

The number of fantastic fundraisers who United to Fight Cancer with us in 2020.

$1.85m

The amount they raised to support vital cancer research at Peter Mac.

25,600

The number of friends, family members and colleagues who supported them by donating.

WHERE THE MONEY GOES

Vital funds raised through Unite to Fight Cancer help provide the resources and technologies needed to accelerate life-saving cancer research at Peter Mac. 

Our supporter community’s incredible commitment to the fight against cancer has enabled research programs like Peter Mac’s Radiation Oncology Clinical Trials team to search for new ways to improve radiotherapy treatments for people with cancer.

As Australia’s largest centre for radiation oncology clinical trials research, the team at Peter Mac facilitate trials across many cancer types including breast, liver, lung, prostate, kidney, pancreatic, brain and gastric cancer among others.

The Radiation Oncology Clinical Trials team has a large portfolio that expands into rural and regional areas of Australia. The team manages the implementation of radiotherapy clinical trials at Peter Mac. This includes investigating innovative radiotherapy treatments, radiotherapy combined with chemotherapy, targeted therapy and immunotherapy as well as trials using new medical imaging technologies.

This research has an immediate impact on changing practice to improve the health outcomes of people with cancer. Without support from funds raised through Unite to Fight Cancer, this essential research would not have the resources it needs to make new discoveries. Your ongoing support through Unite to Fight Cancer makes this essential research possible.

“I’ve been taking part in Unite to Fight Cancer since 2019, and I’m proud to say that my team, Walking for a Cure, has raised over $12,000 in that time to help fund cancer research at Peter Mac.

“As well as being a great opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy the fresh air and exercise, UNITE is also my chance to give back. I owe my life to the advances that have been made in cancer treatment over recent years – in fact I was successfully treated for the same cancer (prostate) that took my father Roger from us at the age of only 55.

“I wholeheartedly encourage you to UNITE with me and the rest of the supporter community – it’s an inspiring and uplifting experience!”

– Cam Rash

Cam
Cam

“I’ve been taking part in Unite to Fight Cancer since 2019, and I’m proud to say that my team, Walking for a Cure, has raised over $12,000 in that time to help fund cancer research at Peter Mac.

“As well as being a great opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy the fresh air and exercise, UNITE is also my chance to give back. I owe my life to the advances that have been made in cancer treatment over recent years – in fact I was successfully treated for the same cancer (prostate) that took my father Roger from us at the age of only 55.

“I wholeheartedly encourage you to UNITE with me and the rest of the supporter community – it’s an inspiring and uplifting experience!”

– Cam Rash