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Children and young people with cancer can continue their schoolwork during treatment at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Adelaide thanks to a $10,000 grant from Slater and Gordon’s Community Fund.

The education support program Back on Track, operated by Fight Cancer Foundation, allows young cancer patients to continue their learning throughout their long term treatment and help them transition back to school.

Senior personal injury lawyer from Slater and Gordon Lawyers Adelaide office, Tim Downie, said the group was one of three recipients for funding that is earmarked for not-for-profit groups across Australia.

“Back on Track has an important impact on the lives of children and young people who are being treated for cancer, and we are so proud to support it with this new funding,” he said.

“This $10,000 grant will help the program provide an education advisor who will develop individual weekly learning programs for each student so they can continue to study during such a difficult time.”

Fight Cancer Foundation Managing Director, Eric Wright said the funding would enable young cancer patients to continue their education during long absences from school during treatment and recovery.

“For 25 years, Fight Cancer Foundation has offered hope and care to cancer patients and their families around Australia” he said.

“We have considerable expertise in helping cancer patients and their families, and the Back on Track education support program is another great way in which we help.

“Unless students can continue their education during long absences from school, they can tend to lose focus and fall behind in their schoolwork.

“With input from the family, school and medical teams, our education advisor can create an individualised learning plan and help young patients remain engaged in their own learning.

“We are very grateful for the generous support of Slater and Gordon’s Community Fund enabling us to bring this innovative program to the children of South Australia.”

Slater and Gordon’s Community Fund was sourced from the firm’s Staff Giving Program, which provides employees of the firm with the opportunity to donate a portion of their wages to a fund.

The fund supports community initiatives which help people with disease or disability, promote healthy living for young people, or address inequality and disadvantage.

The firm also contributes money towards the fund, with organisations able to apply for a grant ranging between $2,500 and a maximum of $10,000.

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