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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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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Izlem Boylu Boylu

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Sam, Swai And Fam

This program is vital to a child's education while going through treatment for cancer. From working in partnership with schools to providing tutoring within oncology clinics and hospital beds, we would have been lost without them. We salute the team and hope they can continue their amazing and vital work.

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Kathy Mavrakis.

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Anjali Abbey

We wish you all the very best with this amazing organisation that supported Niroshen in every way during his treatment. We have passed the link on to family and friends in support of keeping your amazing work running for other families in need.

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Ozlememetroy Bektas

Thank you amazing Trisha and Back on Track for the incredible work you do for our beautiful children on their most challenging times.

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Darren Reid

Thank you Donna & Marianne for your support during those tough times ... Back on Track provides invaluable educational assistance to children battling cancer ... I hope Back on Track can obtain a new corporate sponsor so your great work can continue in the future

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Anonymous

You do such wonderful work we really hope it continues

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Tina Nimmo

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Eliz Dreyer

Vital role in any sick child’s journey! Thank you!

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Valery Nazareth

Keep up the good work. Love and God bless.

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Morgan

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Lucy Thorpe

What an important role you play in giving the kids hope for their future.

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Geraldine Cox

This program needs to continue at all costs it provides such a good service to families

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Shauna And Family

Hoping this small token will help keep this glow in the dark brightening children’s days during treatment.

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Anonymous

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Con Cgj Passas

Love Passas Family

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Vicki Sofatzis

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Margaret Holt

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Sophia

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Jennifer Thomas

$100

Robyn Tracey

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The Bartlett Family

Thank you Trish and Back on Track for offering us light in the dark days. We will always be grateful.

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Leonie

Best wishes with fundraising for these worthy students

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Anonymous

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Kirsty Bellevue

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Keryl

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Peter Lionis

$104

Magda Lambrou

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Stauroula Lioumis

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Gemisi

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Gyradiko Bexley

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Gaetan Graziano

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Satu Raunola Spencer

Thinking of the Newbery Family.

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Patrick Albina

In support of a school friend from many years ago and now a shared experience as a parent, my thoughts and wishes.

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Nitsia Lionis

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Elle Smith

Thank you for all your support keeping the courageous Miss Newbery at school with us during her treatment

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Newbery Family

Thankyou for your invaluable support during this difficult time.

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Alex Benetel

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Deborah Neutze

Such an important program

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Bishoy Sharobim

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Anonymous

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Colemans

On behalf of the Gray family

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Shaneil D'hary

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Samar Bukhari

Back on track

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Kavitha Mula

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Robyne Staples

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Ekta Sharma

Take care

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Bronwyn Putland

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Priyanka Saldanha

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Anonymous

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D’sa Family

Amazing work Marianne and team.

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Anonymous

Thank you for all you do to help children, their families, and their communities cope and thrive through these very trying times.

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Minette Mendens

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Victoria Auraha

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Ralph Heredia

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Susan Borg

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Nicholas Miller

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Michelle Monteiro

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Katrina Gauci

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Thomas Gurka

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Reagan Lobo

God bless

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Anonymous

Thank you for your wonderful work - hoping you can continue to serve these families

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Marcel Jones

A very worthy cause. Great work Marianne and the Back on Track team.

My Gallery

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