Keeping ‘Back on Track’!

We invite you to donate to Back on Track.

Now, more than ever, we’re counting on your kindness and generosity to help support our Back on Track program.

We know times are tough, but illnesses like cancer won’t stop for COVID-19 and neither will our commitment to ensuring children with cancer don’t fall behind in their education. Back on Track provides wrap-around educational support to children and adolescents who have been diagnosed with and are receiving life-saving treatment for cancer. Back on Track is an essential part of the care package provided to families at The Cancer Centre for Children at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead and the Kids Cancer Centre at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick.

Unique to the Health-Education interface, the Back on Track team delivers support from Kindergarten to Year 12 across all sectors of education, from the city and suburbs to rural and remote NSW and ACT.

Since 2006, Back on Track has supported children and young people, their families, schools and the wider community – reducing the negative impacts of extended school absence and improving the long-term outcomes of childhood cancer survivors.

The Back on Track team comprises four dedicated and experienced Education Program Coordinators: Donna Gurka, Dr Marianne Fernandes, Trisha Donovan and Sallwa Hourani, who advocate on behalf of the family for the child to manage and deliver learning and social connectedness in collaboration with the medical team, teachers and peers. This helps young people, families and schools navigate the educational challenges that accompany cancer treatment.

“When our son was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in Year 10 it was a very challenging time. How wonderful it has been to have received education, support and advice from the wonderful teachers at Back on Track. This service provides a bridge and connection between the school, the hospital and the family. Without it, children and families would experience more stress, trying to navigate their teenage child through the curriculum process in high school.” Sue O (mother of Sam, 17 years old).

“Whilst treatment secures life, without support to achieve full potential, the significance and purpose of a child’s life is eroded or lost.” Dr Luciano Dalla Pozza, Head of The Cancer Centre for Children at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

Donate today and be part of the Back on Track legacy. Your support is critical to ensuring that Back on Track is available to every school-aged child diagnosed with cancer.

All donations of $2 and over are 100% tax deductible.

A big thank you to our Supporters

The real heroes who are kindly helping us achieve our goal

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Nigel Suggate

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Simone Zanin

Keep up the good work!

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Tracey Kypreos

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Anonymous

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Obl

Thankyou to "Back on Track" Support

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Richard Larsen

Thanks to Back on Track for your support and all the best Albert.

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Citiquip Cowra

Thank you for your support!

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Karl Stutterheim

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Troy Wiggins Wiggins

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Ron Arkcoll

Thanks for your support of Alby Arkcoll, and all you do for children suffering from cancer

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Cameron Arkcoll

Thanks for your support to Alby Arkcoll in Westmead Hospital who is our first cousin

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Gordon Williams

The Team at Ablefix are thankful to support your work in getting students back on track.

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Anonymous

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Lm

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Midland Pty Ltd

Thanks to Back on Track for your support and all the best in your HSC Alby!!

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Anonymous

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Craig Suggate

Glad to help out and thankyou for all you do!!

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Brent Wiggins

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Dan Arkcoll

thank you to the back on track team, Marianne and all, we greatly appreciate what you have done & do for our son

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Brandyn Lee

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Phil Suggate

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Mark Mackenzie

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Skye Wallace

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Colin Wright

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Anonymous

Thank you for all that you do at Back on Track.

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Cariolato Family

It would have been an impossible task to navigate the educational system, without the help of Back on Track, when dealing with the turmoil of a childhood cancer diagnosis. While Angels Marianne and Sallwa would always stop to have a chat in Clinic and help when needed, our designated Angel was Donna. Donna organised and attended all the school meetings, providing them with all the knowledge of all the possibilities available, liaising with NESA, UAC etc. While our son had treatment from year 9 to year 12, missing out on many schooldays, including year 10 completely, he was able, with Donna’s expertise, to continue his High schooling without delay and continue on to the University degree of his choice. Thank you so very much for all the guidance and support getting out of the maze, we are forever grateful 💗💗💗

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Partners Group

From the team at Partners Group, a little something to help out. See you in 2021

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Christina Schilstra

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Ben Shilson-josling

Go Eleanor!

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Aaron D

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Brian So

Good luck, Eleanor!

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Caitlyn Read

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Krista Payne

Well done Ella! Great effort in fund raising

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Laura Hillhouse

Well done Ella!

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Philippa Lo

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Marya Atmeh

Great initiative, Eleanor!

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Simon Irvine

Great work Eleanor, well done.

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Susannah Lace

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Bree Miechel

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Sue Smith

Great work! Love you ❤️

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Clarissa Evelyn Schilstra

As a cancer survivor who missed year 8 and year 9 due to treatment, I know the value of this program all too well. I'm now completing my PhD thanks to educators like these and they deserve all of the support possible!!

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Nirosha Karunakaran

In memory of Aisha. Thank you for doing all that you do. Your service is invaluable!

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Viktoria Burrett

Happy birthday Rob xx

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Bt

Keep up the great work. You are our living angels.

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Rees Veltjens

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David Gonzalez Pastor

The work you're doing is incredible. I'm very grateful for the support you provide to children and families going through these hard situations. I hope my family will never need your help but I can't stand the idea that people like you are not given the support you deserve.

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Anonymous

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Nadia I

Such a significant service.

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Anonymous

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Ed Cox

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Nathan Turner Turner

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

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Anonymous

Very impressed with the critical service you provide. Hopefully my donation will help you keep up the excellent work.

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Anonymous

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Kapil Singh

All the best guys, you are doing great work

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Karen Lapsley

Robyn’s birthday donation

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Anonymous

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Gary Busiko

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Vanessa Power

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Andy Gahan

A great cause

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Anonymous

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Susan Cochrane

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Babes Family

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Pauline Brown

An invaluable service, we are grateful for the support we recieved from Back on Track, my son was able to 'keep on track' academically during treatment, this was an improtant part of his recovery. I hope other children can access this service.

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Claus Kristensen

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Meredith Riley

We are so grateful for all the support Eleanor received while in treatment. Eleanor is working hard to raise money for back on Track through her honey stand sales. This is one of her first donations from the sales she has made to date!

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John Cowley

Good on the Back on Track team!

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R Horscroft

These important programs shouldn’t be relying on community donations so much!! What a wonderful service to help kids and their families have one less thing to worry about while they are fighting such a big battle. Their education is still important!

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Anonymous

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Amal Elzahr

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Renee Ferraro

Great work for keeping this program going!

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Anonymous

If I can help I will!

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Carmela Pachi

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Jason Sidney

Thanks Trish for all you’ve done for my daughter tayah and the endless amount of kids that’s you’ve helped so much with there learning away from school . Truly an amazing Organization that is just as important as the treatment the hospital gives .

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Laleh (mother Of Alexandra)

Thank you to all members of the Back on Track team for their ongoing support. My daughter always lights up upon seeing one of your lovely educators, whether in the ward or in the clinic.

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Georgina Younes

Salwa from back on track was a huge support for my son Raymond during his vulnerable time Also she had provided an exceptional help for my son Nicholas at the time he was applying for uni ... Thank you salwa and all the team from back on track We are for ever greatfull

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Tina Karlsson

Back on Track bridges the gap between hospital and school for very sick children at a time when they are extremely vulnerable. Schools aren’t equipped to deal with their needs and good intentions aren’t enough. Sallwa was a strong advocate for our son Ryan who was battling Leukaemia, fighting for his needs and educating staff at his school. It would be devastating to families if Back on Track were not available to support and guide them through such a difficult time.

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Apolonia Kersch

Important caring initiative

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The Wong Family

Thank you to Trisha and the team for supporting our family through the difficult times. Seeing your face in C2W and C2N brought a smile to all of our family.

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The Payne Family

It saddens me that essential services like Back on Track have to fundraise when so much is spent on the military. Ridiculous. Anyway Salwa and the team at back on track provided essential support for James during and after his leukaemia treatment. we can’t thank you enough.

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Elena

I hope other kids can have the great support I hade when I was in hospital and when I was at the Oncology Clinic Thank You!

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Belinda Gao

Back to track program is amazing. Thank you Donna for your support throughout Catherine's treatment and help us to connect with school. We are grateful for your service.

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Sandro Razzi

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Ioan Morgan

Best wishes with the fund raising campaign!

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Amanda Beachcroft

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Kathy Dempsey

Childhood cancer is an unimaginable journey itself. There are so many facets that potentially rob children of what would or could have been their life path.Services like Back on Track to ensure our kids can continue to grow and learn and achieve their dreams are beyond essential. If it had not been for Back on Track my challenging adolescent would have not only suffered his cancer but the negative impacts felt in the absence of learning - impacts that can last a lifetime. Support Back on Track to support our kids - they deserve it. Support Back on Track we are so Thankful and could not have done it without them.

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Anonymous

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Vikas

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Wilson Family

We very grateful for the Back on Track team who have supported our son through his treatment, and helped us with his learning recovery afterwards.

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Peter Mcdonnell

You all do such great work to support both the kids and families....Well done

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Athellia Dias

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Margaret Tan

This is a very good program and supports for students to back to school normal life.

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Minty/leitch Family

Back on Track is a fantastic and much needed program. Keeping us motivated and connected to schooling and the classroom was a much needed bridge to 'normality' in difficult times. The Team always have a smile and enthusiasm that is catching. Thank you!

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Anonymous

Please support BackonTrack, a great help to keep sick kids stay on track in their studies and lead a quality life later on in their life same as other kids.

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Belinda Nelson

Thank you so much to the Back on Track team who have supported Travis through his journey. We will always be grateful and hope they can continue their vital work!!

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Tereza & Ewan

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Anonymous

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Helen & Michael Lionis

Thankyou for the fantastic team that has supported our Eleni during her treatment. A vital link between young cancer patients, school and beyond.

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Educational support from home

Educational support at the Cancer Centre Outpatient Clinic

Educational support at the Cancer Centre Outpatient Clinic

Educational support at the Oncology Treatment Clinic, Cancer Centre

Keeping children connected through Bandaged Bear which represents the child whilst undergoing cancer treatment and absent from school.

Back on Track with the oncology clinical nurse consultant speaking to a child’s class

Educational team support at the Cancer Centre Outpatient Clinic

Sydney Children's Hospitals Foundation raises funds for Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick , The Children's Hospital at Westmead, Bear Cottage, the Newborn and Paediatric Emergency Transport Service (NETS NSW) and Kids Research