CAR-T Cancer Research

"Every parent, caregiver and family member of a child with cancer wonders if that next breakthrough in medical science will happen."

It’s a big number; however it is now the survival rate for children with blood cancer who have received the ground breaking CAR-T (Chimeric Antigen Receptor Therapy) treatment.

The Women’s & Children’s Hospital Foundation is supporting research being conducted out of our own Women’s and Children’s Hospital raising funds to advance this research so that one day CAR-T will be available to a broad range of cancers. The research we are supporting is being managed by the Cooperative Research Centre for Cell Therapy Manufacturing (CRC), and led by Professor Simon Barry. 

CAR-T is a form of immunotherapy that simply put, takes cells from a cancer patient, reprograms them and puts them back into the patient’s body.  The replaced cells then seek out and kill the cancer cells wherever and whenever they appear.

TeamKids Easter Appeal Young Ambassador Lauren Krelshem was one of the first patients in Australia to receive the revolutionary CAR-T treatment; and after 14 years of relapses, bone marrow transplants and painful, drawn out treatments, Lauren is now cancer free – in permanent remission!

CAR-T is not currently available in Australia so Lauren had to go to a hospital in Melbourne and have her cells sent over to a lab in Philadelphia in order to receive this life saving treatment. A year on and Lauren is still cancer free.

“…I was told I needed palliative care. That didn’t seem right to me. I was only 20 years old. I had dreams and ambitions. There were so many things I still wanted to do. Call it fate, but the CAR-T trial started when I was all out of options…. The CAR-T treatment eliminated cancer from my body.”

CAR-T saved Lauren’s life and TeamKids want to bring this treatment here. Through the support you provide to the WCH Foundation you could help save more lives in the future and perhaps play a part in curing cancer in our lifetime!

The more funds we have, the more researchers can work on the CAR-T research project, the faster we can make progress. So please help TeamKids, the team at the CRC and Women’s and Children’s Hospital and donate now.

With your help we may be able to find the sure for cancer in our lifetime!

How was the revolutionary CAR-T treatment found and how does it work?

Recently, Professor Michael Jensen, a great friend of TeamKids and a leader in the field of cancer immunotherapy research, visited Adelaide to talk more with staff from the hospital, TeamKids and our supporters about this exciting research project and the importance of implementing it here in South Australia.

Professor Jensen is the founding director of the Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research at the Seattle Children's Research Institute. Click below to see a video presentation about CAR-T.


Eight Seasons is an amazing novel written by mum Sandra Evans. This book is a mother’s heart-wrenching insight into what a parent witnesses as their child undergoes treatment for cancer. It’s a real life account of all the stages, triumphs, setbacks and achievements. So please buy a copy of Eight Seasons. All funds raised from the sale of the book will go towards the revolutionary CAR-T cancer research project being funded by TeamKids. Not only is it an amazing story but your contribution will go towards helping us to potentially end childhood cancer in our lifetime!

Head to 'Products for sale' on this page to purchase Eight Seasons and join the fight against cancer.


To find out more or to support this research, contact:

Mark Colley
08 8464 7900