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The AF4G Story

How we Began

Australian Families 4 Genomics is a non-profit organisation established by Brisbane families who have had cancer directly impact their lives. In 2018, Hazel Harden’s 13 year old son was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL) and has finished treatment. In 2018 Shoni Philpot was diagnosed with breast cancer and she has completed her treatment.

Shoni and Hazel have clinical, cancer data and research experience. They have worked together for 15 years since establishing the Cancer Alliance Queensland in 2004 ( They have published in the areas of oncology, consumer engagement, clinical leadership and health services management. Together these families have developed AF4G to give every child and young person diagnosed with cancer the prospect of a better life.

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