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Volunteer receives OAM for 30 years service to charities and foundations

Volunteer receives OAM for 30 years service to charities and foundations

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Warwick local and Leukaemia Foundation volunteer, Elaine Stewart was recognised for her vital service and support of Australians living with blood cancer. 

Elaine Stewart was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for her selfless work and contribution to the Leukaemia Foundation’s Warwick Branch, as well as her local School’s Chaplaincy Committee and the Riding for the Disabled Association. 

A volunteer for more than thirty years Elaine said that receiving the award was an honour. 

“I received an email saying that I had been considered and I was shocked. I have gotten far more out of being a volunteer than I’m sure I have ever given.’’ She said. 

Leukaemia Foundation CEO Bill Petch said we would like to personally thank Elaine for all her hard work and dedication to the Leukaemia Foundation over the years and congratulate her on receiving this greatly deserved award.  

“It is the selfless dedication and tireless efforts of people such as Elaine, who assist in helping support and raise funds for people living with blood cancer that really make a difference locally, as well as nationally.” Bill Petch said. 

By offering your time or service to a local community group or national charity such as the Leukaemia Foundation can really make a difference. Bill Petch added. 

Elaine’s story is just one of many examples that show the positive impact volunteering has not only for others in need but also a great reward personally too. 

If you’d like to get involved or find out more about volunteering with the Leukaemia Foundation, send an email to 

Chloe and family say “Thank you”

Chloe and family say “Thank you”

A massive thank you to everyone who so generously supported rural and regional families staying in Leukaemia Foundation accommodation this Christmas.

One of those families were the Warrens, who are staying at our Stirling Cross Village in Perth while seven-year-old Chloe undergoes treatment for acute myeloid leukaemia (AML)

Chloe and her brother at Christmas
Chloe and her brother at Christmas

Many sent lovely messages of support to Chloe – you’ll be thrilled to hear Chloe’s Mum, Erin, said she adored reading every one of them.

The family were extremely grateful for the Christmas spirit as the first thing that came to Chloe’s mind when they moved into the village was if Santa would still be able to find her this year.

It shows just how important Christmas is, for children like Chloe. How much they look forward to this special time of year and how support can make all the difference.

Chloe has just finished cycle three of her chemo treatment and is waiting to start cycle four which at this stage will be her final treatment.

The good news is that Chloe’s last bone marrow check came back with amazing results and is hoping to return home soon.

Keeping the wheels in motion

Keeping the wheels in motion

Holden Leukaemia Foundation car with volunteers standing nearby
Leukaemia Foundation volunteers with some of our transport vehicles

Thanks to Holden’s generous support of our Patient Transport Program, more than 4500 Australian families are able to get to and from hospital for vital treatment each year – free of charge.

The Foundation’s official partnership with Holden began in 2002, following work by racing legend, the late Peter Brock, who helped to establish the Foundation’s Patient Transport Program in 1999.

For Australians with blood cancer, the seemingly simple task of getting to and from treatment can bring with it a host of issues that can add to the burden of being diagnosed.

There’s the stress of driving long distances, or through tedious traffic. Or people have to depend on family and friends to help. Catching public transport can be out of the question because of the higher risk of infection when a person’s immune system is severely weakened.

This is why Holden’s support of the Leukaemia Foundation’s Patient Transport Program means so much. Since 2002, this solid partnership has helped to provide Australians with blood cancer with free, safe and comfortable access to treatment. The vehicles generously provided by Holden are driven by friendly volunteers, who care for the people on board like family.

Each year, Holden generously gives the Leukaemia Foundation 20 new vehicles to use as part of our nationwide Patient Transport Program fleet. In the past six years the fleet – made up mostly of comfy, spacious Commodores – has collectively made more than 118,000 trips and travelled more than five million kilometers. That’s equal to about 126 laps of the globe!

“The Leukeamia Foundation provides an enormously valuable service to people with blood cancer and we aim to be able to assist in as many ways as possible. To be able to donate 20 vehicles is an important milestone in our 16 year relationship with the Foundation and we are delighted to be assisting the Leukaemia Foundation to further increase their flexibility and patient reach.”

– Matt Rattray-Wood, Marketing Director, GM Holden Pty Ltd

Go generic for research

Go generic for research

There’s now an innovative way for people living with the blood cancer, chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) to support vitally needed medical research.

For Benefits Medicine (FBM) supports the Leukaemia Foundation through a partnership where 100% of profits from an generic drug called cipla imatinib will be invested into important blood cancer research.

This drug, used to treat chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML), is approved and meets the same strict quality and safety regulations applied to the original brand of imatinib regarding quality, safety and effectiveness.

“By going generic, people living with CML can make a significant contribution to our patient support and research. We encourage individuals to have considered discussion with their family and haematologist before making the switch,” said Leukaemia Foundation CEO, Bill Petch.

Find out how to make the switch at

Blood cancer patient needs could go unmet as incidence rates rise

Blood cancer patient needs could go unmet as incidence rates rise

Monday, 14 January 2019

The number of Australians living with a blood cancer is expected to rise around 30 per cent over the next decade, according to new Leukaemia Foundation analysis as it launches World’s Greatest Shave this week.

Currently 12,800 Australians are diagnosed with a blood cancer like leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma every year1. The latest analysis shows that by 2025, this number will increase to around 17,000 people2 

“That’s close to 50 Australians projected to be newly diagnosed, every day, by 2025 – or two people every hour,” Leukaemia Foundation National CEO Bill Petch said. 

Mr Petch said while the continued increase in diagnosis rates was concerning, the good news was improved treatments and care was increasing the survival rates of people living with blood cancers.  

However, this combination was placing even greater demand on the Leukaemia Foundation’s services, as more and more Australians living with blood cancer sought information and support. 

“The demand on all of our services, which include emotional and practical support and the provision of vital, disease specific information and education, will only continue to grow and be put under pressure,” Mr Petch said. 

Demand for the Leukaemia Foundation’s patient accommodation service, which provides a home-away-from-home at no cost to regional Australians forced to relocate to capital cities closer to treatment facilities, has already reached an all-time high.  

In 2017/2018 demand for the service peaked. The Leukaemia Foundation provided 56,000 nights of accommodation – a 2800-night increase on the previous year, and more than 4000 nights higher than the 2015/2016 period. 

The Leukaemia Foundation is calling for Australians to throw their support behind this year’s 2019 World’s Greatest Shave as it prepares to meet the growing demand for its services. 

“These services are critical to Australian families who really need our support and will be even more critical in the future,” Mr Petch said. 

Without funds raised through campaigns like World’s Greatest Shave, people living with blood cancer may be unable to access the support they need,” Mr Petch said. “The Leukaemia Foundation simply won’t be able to meet the increased needs of those needing help, without financial support.” 

“We invite all Australians to get involved with World’s Greatest Shave to help the Leukaemia Foundation continue to build our services to cater for future demand while we continue to fund vital research into a cure.” Sign up today at or phone 1800 500 088 today.