About

About Chris O'Brien Lifehouse

Chris O’Brien Lifehouse is a not-for-profit, comprehensive cancer hospital in Camperdown, Sydney. From screening to prevention, diagnosis, treatment and wellness, we treat all types of cancer, specialising in those that are complex and rare. We offer patients every service and therapy that they need including surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, complementary therapies and supportive services, all under the one roof.

Where your money goes

Each year, patients with cancer collectively travel over 380,000 kilometres for access to treatment at Chris O'Brien Lifehouse. 

Whether you choose to walk, run, cycle, swim, every kilometre you clock will help us reach our goal to raise vital funds for patients with cancer at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse.

As we strive to reduce the journey from research findings to treatment options, the funds you raise enable us to reach more patients and provide access to the highest level of patient care.

Together, we can Go The Distance for Chris O’Brien Lifehouse in August.

Meet Eleni and Caleb

Eleni and Caleb. Two amazing and very brave Chris O’Brien Lifehouse patients who have gone the distance from their hometowns in Greater Sydney and regional New South Wales.

Caleb's Story

Caleb, from Port Macquarie, 390kms from Lifehouse.

At 9 years old Caleb was diagnosed with medulloblastoma (brain cancer).

Caleb’s tumour, a fast-growing form of brain cancer called a medulloblastoma, was located deep in his brain, surrounded by nerves. When Caleb emerged from surgery to remove the tumor, the tumour was gone, but so was most of the movement on the right-hand side of his body.

Through many hours of physiotherapy, Caleb learned to stand and walk again, but one thing didn’t seem to be improving – Caleb’s smile. The right-hand side of his face remained paralysed.

After a long wait, Professor Sydney Ch’ng at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, one of few surgeons to specialise in both head & neck and plastic surgery,  carried out a procedure to bring back Caleb’s smile

Two months later, the family had already noticed a difference.

Eleni's Story

Eleni from Camden, 60kms from Lifehouse.

Eleni has been a part of the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse community since her diagnosis of adenocarcinoma of the thymus in early 2016.

A bump she discovered on her neck led to a worrying diagnosis. Not long after, she was launched into chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment. Through all of this, Eleni and her husband David were caring for their two-month old baby, Charlotte.

It was a four-hour return journey for Eleni every day to get to Chris O’Brien Lifehouse. Despite this, she was incredibly grateful for the staff and clinicians who helped her through such a difficult time. “Everyone was very friendly. Even though they know you’re there for a horrible thing, they always managed to put a smile on my face.”