Your Nectar home loan supports children’s cancer research

When you take out a loan using a Nectar broker, we will make a generous donation on your behalf to Children’s Cancer Institute every year, for the life of your mortgage.

Our charity partnership

For us, it’s not enough to simply provide a great service to our customers. We also want to make a positive difference to the lives of Australians. We are proud to have partnered with Children’s Cancer Institute, and we hope that together we can make a big impact towards ending childhood cancer.

Your Nectar home loan supports children’s cancer research

When you take out a loan using a Nectar broker, we will make a generous donation on your behalf to Children’s Cancer Institute every year, for the life of your mortgage.

Our charity partnership

For us, it’s not enough to simply provide a great service to our customers. We also want to make a positive difference to the lives of Australians. We are proud to have partnered with Children’s Cancer Institute, and we hope that together we can make a big impact towards ending childhood cancer.

Who are Children's Cancer Institute?

Children’s Cancer Institute is the only independent medical research institute in Australia wholly dedicated to putting an end to childhood cancer.

ccia.org.au

Their research

Their focus is translational research, making sure their discoveries are progressed into actual treatments for kids with cancer as quickly as possible. Their programs look at understanding childhood cancer so they can prevent it occurring, search for more effective diagnoses, examine better and safer treatment options and ultimately find a cure. The overarching theme of their research is to find a more targeted and individualised approach to diagnostics and treatment.

The Zero initiative

The Zero initiative is one of the most exciting cancer research programs ever undertaken in Australia. The program will see researchers and clinicians working in partnership to offer the country’s first ever personalised medicine program aiming to push childhood cancer survival rates to 100%.

Why we have partnered

Cancer kills more Australian children than any other disease, but through dedicated research, Children’s Cancer Institute believes every child can be cured. The biggest challenge is raising the funds needed for research. Children’s Cancer Institute has a unique, compelling research program that aims to change the future for kids with cancer. Nectar believes we can make a significant contribution to the program and thereby assist them in finding the cure.

How we have partnered

  • Every applicable loan through a Nectar broker will raise funds for the charity
  • We’ll be there to support Children’s Cancer Institute’s national events
  • We host our own local fundraising events too

What we want to achieve

Through our 10-year commitment we aim to raise significant funds to help Children’s Cancer Institute’s amazing research. We hope that with our help, this important charity can realise their dream of pushing childhood cancer survival rates to 100%.

Nixon’s Story

When Brodie was 36 weeks pregnant with Nixon, doctors detected a fairly large lump, almost the size of an adult’s fist, on his head however couldn’t really confirm what it was.

When Nixon was born on 30th March 2015, Brodie didn’t have much time to enjoy her newborn baby. Specialists were consulted to run tests and diagnose the lump, and although Nixon was otherwise fine, it was decided a biopsy was necessary to make an accurate diagnosis. The operation would be very risky as Nixon could bleed heavily during the surgery.

At 1.5 weeks old, Nixon underwent a 5-hour operation and the biopsy was conducted successfully. A few days later Nixon’s family received the news they hoped never to hear; Nixon was diagnosed with a malignant tumour.

Little Nixon went straight into surgery so that a central line for chemotherapy could be inserted. His chemotherapy commenced a few days later at just 2.5 weeks old.

Brodie and her family found it very difficult to tell their family’s the distressing news, as they had already been through a very challenging time. Before Nixon, Brodie was 8 months pregnant when she was hit by a car and lost her baby. They knew that Nixon’s cancer diagnosis would break everyone’s heart.

Thankfully, after a couple of rounds of chemotherapy Brodie and family could see Nixon’s tumour begin to shrink. It almost felt like it was melting away. 4 rounds of chemotherapy later at just 4 months of age, Nixon had surgery to remove what was left of the tumour. Surgery was successful and Nixon completed his final 6 rounds of chemotherapy in January 2016, when he was declared NED (no evidence of disease).

Since the operation to remove his tumour Nixon has endured numerous other procedures to graft skin and heal his wound. This has been ongoing, with the latest procedure being tissue expanders.

At the Children’s Cancer Institute, our vision is to save the lives of all children with cancer and improve their long-term health, through research.

“Nixon has come this far due to research. Research is the key to unlocking a cure and improved treatment options to Children’s cancer. And we all need and dream of a cure!”— Brodie, Nixon’s mum

 

Saving money is one thing. Now you can save lives, too.

When we find you the right home loan, we’ll also help Children’s Cancer Institute find a cure for childhood cancer.