The Tonkinson Colorectal Cancer Research Fund was founded in 2009. Its goal is to improve the lives and treatment of people with colorectal cancer by supporting medical research into this increasingly common disease.
The Research Fund was established by a generous bequest from two Western Australians, Jean and John Tonkinson, who were both suffered from cancer.
The Research Fund is working hard to better understand the nature of this sometimes deadly disease and find ways to treat it more effectively through ethical, cutting-edge research. It engages and supports some of Australia’s leading researchers into colorectal cancer by providing appropriate funds for their research projects and opening channels of communication with like-minded research organisations both locally and internationally.
The Research Fund also works in the Western Australian community to raise awareness of the impact of colorectal cancer.
Each year across Australia, over 13,000 new cases of colorectal cancer are diagnosed, more than one third of whom will ultimately succumb to the disease. So even the smallest breakthrough in the research areas of disease treatment and tumour genetics can have a huge impact on the lives of many people.
The Tonkinson Foundation for Colorectal Cancer Research has the full support of St John of God Subiaco Hospital, is led by an Advisory Committee and its president is leading colorectal surgeon, Dr Michael Levitt.
If you would like to support the Research Fund’s work, you can make a donation here.