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You’ve given Jenny confidence to navigate life after diagnosis

When Jenny von Pein was first diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukaemia, she was told to ‘watch and wait’.

But after additional medical problems, she was determined to get a second opinion.

Thanks to the Dry July Foundation and the generosity of the participants from the 2020 campaign, Jenny was able to access a knowledgeable Leukaemia Foundation Blood Cancer Coordinator. This connection meant Jenny was supported with vital information to help find her best treatment.

“I got in contact with Sheila at the Leukaemia Foundation when I decided to switch to the public system,” explains Jenny.

“I needed to go where the most valid knowledge was and, if necessary, where the clinical trials were.”

Shelia took Jenny through what to expect with the treatment and what it meant to have chronic leukaemia.

“You don’t know what you don’t know. Shelia was excellent; she was in constant contact.”

This year, you can help more Australians like Jenny access the support they need when facing blood cancer by taking part in Dry July for the Leukaemia Foundation.

“It’s so important to understand your illness and talk to the Leukaemia Foundation to get help with where you’re heading next,” says Jenny.

“I love the idea of going alcohol-free for a month to help people like me take on blood cancer with confidence. It’s a win-win for the health of fundraisers and Australians with blood cancer!”

You can ‘Go Dry’ again this July for the Leukaemia Foundation and help Aussies facing blood cancer. For more information, visit


Last updated on February 15th, 2022

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