The Cause

100% of your entry fee supports us, the Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute.

In current rates, it is expected that 1 in 2 Australians will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85.

The mission of the Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute is to advance the understanding and treatment of cancer by making an internationally recognised contribution to cancer research.

Opened in 1998, the Institute was inspired by Ballarat teenager Fiona Elsey who lost her fight with cancer in 1991. Today, the Institute is led by Director of Research, Professor George Kannourakis and is making enormous progress in unlocking the riddles of cancer, including a world-first trial into individualising chemotherapy treatments for patients.

The Fiona Elsey Cancer Research Institute relies on the generous support of the community to continue our operations. For over 20 years, we have worked hand in hand with our community and generous individuals who are passionate about fighting cancer through research. With your support, our research into more effective ways to diagnose and treat cancer can continue, creating better outcomes for those diagnosed along with their friends and families. Community based fundraising events are a wonderful way to raise funds whilst increasing awareness and understanding of the work of the Institute.

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Danny Frawley Ballarat Cycle Classic

Our Patron for the ninth year is media personality and AFL Coaching Director Danny Frawley. A "Ballarat Boy" by birth, Danny still has very strong connections with the city and the area. The ride will again this year travel through most of the areas where he grew up. Danny is passionate about cancer research having seen both family and close friends be affected by this disease.

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