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Stephen’s ready for his fifth Ride as One

Stephen Opat might be the poster boy for Ride as One, having been a keen participant for the last four years. A practicing haematologist at Monash Hospital, Stephen has seen first-hand the impact a blood cancer diagnosis can have on a family. He realises the importance of charities like the Leukaemia Foundation and how much […]

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Shaw Callen riding his bike

I was training for Ride as One then found out I had lymphoma

Shaw Callen, 44, was preparing for his second year cycling for Ride as One for Blood Cancer when he found a lump in his neck. Seven days before departing for the ride he was told he had non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, and was unable to participate. “Around six weeks before the event I began to notice a rubbery lump […]

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Craig’s riding for son Jasper

Craig Jacotine is no stranger to Ride as One. Having participated in the event three times over the past four years, he is back in 2018 to take on the Adelaide Hills. Following the birth of his son Jasper in early 2016, Craig rejoined the Ride as One event in New Zealand, eager once more to […]

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Des and Jessica

I needed two transfusions to make my daughter’s wedding

Des Paddon says he owes his life to a clinical trial for the drug venetoclax – an experimental therapy that Leukaemia Foundation supporters helped to kick start. Des will spend this Father’s Day reflecting on family, including how much his two daughters supported him during his blood cancer treatment. “Jessica and Naomy don’t live nearby, […]

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Mammino

Anthony’s grateful family honours his memory with gift

The family of a courageous father who lost his battle with blood cancer have made a generous gift to the Leukaemia Foundation to honour his memory and help other families facing blood cancer. Cris Leon, the Leukaemia Foundation’s General Manager in Queensland, has thanked the Mammino and Puglisi families for their incredibly generous $10,000 gift. […]

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Natasha and Alex

Lighting Alex’s way

Four-year-old Alex was like any other boy his age: full of energy with a cheeky nature and infectious smile; a little ray of sunshine to his parents, Natasha and Nathan, and big sister. He was enjoying starting school earlier this year when Natasha and Nathan spotted bruises on his legs. They put it down to […]

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Dr Ashwin U

Improving the “wait and see” approach to treatment for high-risk blood cancer

Australian researchers utilising valuable samples from an initial clinical trial funded with the help of Leukaemia Foundation supporters have discovered why half of patients with a type of high-risk blood cancer will not respond to a common treatment. The discovery could form the basis for a world-first clinical test to identify early whether or not […]

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Ryan and Isabella

First-time dad’s inconceivable battle

It should have been one of the happiest days of Ryan Murray’s life. The soon-to-be dad was filled with joy and relief alongside his wife Nikki during her 12-week pregnancy scan. But that same day, Ryan’s doctor called to tell him he had blood cancer. Jubilation to devastation – in an instant. Ryan and Nikki […]

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New PBS drug will mean better outcomes for families

A drug used to treat a rare form of Hodgkin lymphoma is now widely available through the national Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), saving families thousands of dollars. The PBS listing of brentuximab vedotin gives Australians access to a potentially life-saving treatment that previously cost up to $16,100 for a single course. The Leukaemia Foundation presented comprehensive […]

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Leukaemia Foundation Fit to Thrive

Helping those with blood cancer thrive

An independent research report has shown the Leukaemia Foundation’s free 12-week exercise program, Fit to Thrive, is helping blood cancer patients of all ages cope better with treatment and return to their normal lives more quickly. The program, only made possible by your support, has challenged the previous theory that rest and relaxation is best […]

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