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Nick’s army is here to stomp out blood cancer

Nick’s army is here to stomp out blood cancer

June 25, 2018

At just 18 years of age, Nicholas Dale and family received devastating news that he was diagnosed with anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL), a rare type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, which commonly affects parts of the body such as the skin, neck and bone marrow among others.

Immediately after being diagnosed, Nicholas relocated to Sydney to undergo various types of chemotherapy and had a bone marrow transplant in June 2016. While the transplant was a success, however, Nicholas faced some medical complications and had to remain in hospital, and was released after 109 days.

“During treatment period, my family and I got help from the Leukaemia Foundation who provided us with an accommodation in Sydney. This has helped us significantly as it meant that my parents do not need to worry about extra financial stress and burden while looking after me,” said Nicholas.

“Having my parents and family stay with me during my treatment meant the world to me as we became a close-knit family despite the hardship we faced.”

A Wollongong native, Nicholas added: “The Leukaemia Foundation helped my family and I throughout by providing us extremely useful resources and helped us understand the illness and treatment.”

Nicholas also attributed the Leukaemia Foundation for encouraging and supporting him to get back on his feet which is why this cause is so close to him.

Cancer free since 2017, Nicholas is feeling optimistic about life and wants to help others in a similar position and who are effected by the disease.

“My goal now is to help others who are experiencing this very devastating disease and give them support that was given to me,” said Nicholas.

Nicholas and his team of family and friends, dubbed “Nick’s Army”, will be participating in the 2018 Stadium Stomp Stair Challenge in Sydney on Sunday, 1st July.

“Nick’s Army will be climbing thousands of stairs within the SCG for the Leukaemia Foundation to ensure those suffering get the support they need during tough times.”

Further to that, Nicholas aims to raise funds for the Leukaemia Foundation so that the organisation can continue providing care and support to blood cancer patients.

To support Nicholas’ cause and the Leukaemia Foundation, visit https://stadiumstompscg2018.gofundraise.com.au/page/NicholasDale4 to make a donation.

Urgent call for volunteer drivers to help patients get to their treatment

Urgent call for volunteer drivers to help patients get to their treatment

Urgent call for volunteer drivers to help patients get to their treatment

The Leukaemia Foundation is urgently calling for volunteer drivers in your local community to help transport people living with blood cancer to vital medical appointments.

The Leukaemia Foundation’s much loved patient transport service has been providing people with free transport for more than two decades. It provides more than 38,000 patient trips each year and last year travelled more the 1,557,779 kilometres… the equivalent of traveling more than 38 times around the world.

Sadly, we currently have limited volunteers available and therefore many people living with blood cancers in the local area are either not able to access the transport service or are on long wait lists.

Local residents can help us to continue this vital community service by providing just a few short hours of their time per week, fortnight or per month. Your free time will make a real difference in the day of a person living with blood cancer.

To find out more, please contact 1800 620 420.

Leukaemia Foundation ditches O, A and B in global hunt for new donors

Leukaemia Foundation ditches O, A and B in global hunt for new donors

This week, the Leukaemia Foundation is removing the letters O, A and B from their logo this week in a bid to encourage 100,000 Australians to become blood donors. It’s all part of International Missing Type Day, a global campaign run simultaneously by 25 blood services which aims to recruit more volunteer blood donors.

Nearly 40 percent of Australians don’t know their blood type – indicating many have never considered making a blood donation.

Yet more than 30 percent of the population will need a blood transfusion or product in their lifetime, showing just how critical the ongoing need for blood is.

For patients undergoing treatment for blood cancer like leukaemia, it takes 18 people to donate blood to help support just one patient for one month. The average treatment cycle is eight months.

According to the Australian Red Cross Blood Bank, blood only has a shelf life of 42 days, and more than 25,000 donations are needed across Australia each week to meet patient needs.

Leukaemia Foundation Head of Living Well Kathryn Huntley said we are proud to be supporting an important drive.

“Everyday 35 people are diagnosed with a blood cancer in Australia and therefore demand for donated blood is seriously needed”, she added.

The Australian Red Cross Blood Bank is calling for 100,000 Australian residents to sign up as blood or plasma donors. If you’re already a donor, we’d ask you to please give one more donation each year – it really does help.”

Becoming a blood donor is easier than ever with a new self-service booking system available at www.donateblood.com.au