Supporting Canberra and the surrounding region since 1986

Rise Above


What We Do

History - Rise Above started as The Cancer Support Group in 1985 when Yvonne Cuschieri started raising funds to enable 13 local teenagers with cancer to attend a CanTeen national camp.  It wasn’t long before social workers started asking for her help for other families who were facing crisis situations.  In March 1986, Yvonne asked friends for their help and the first ACT Eden Monaro Cancer Support Group meeting was held in her dining room.  Over the years, the number of requests for help has been enormous, to support children and adults with cancer and to assist their families at a very difficult time. 

What we do - Rise Above - Capital Region Cancer Relief, provides financial assistance and support to cancer patients and family residing with them within the ACT, Queanbeyan and surrounds. A charitable organisation, the group relies on fundraising, community partners, the generosity of businesses and the local community, to meet the needs of the increasing number of families that require our assistance. 

 Vision - To support cancer patients and their families through the provision of financial assistance, which specifically addresses the cancer patient’s medical prognosis/treatment program.  Each case is treated on its merits at the time of application. 

 Mission statement - To reduce the emotional and financial burden on families who have a member undergoing treatment for cancer.  

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