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Lifeblood | March 2022

You’re putting #Patientsfirst – thank you!

Welcome to your new Lifeblood newsletter.

You’ll meet grateful families you’ve helped support, get the latest update on promising new research and share in the stories of inspiring people in the blood cancer community.

Enjoy the read. It’s you who makes all these wonderful things possible!

A message from the CEO

Grateful. It’s a simple but powerful way to describe how we feel about you. As the world continues to navigate the ever-evolving COVID-19 pandemic, your care for Australians facing blood cancer remains unwavering.

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Leukaemia Foundation CEO Chris Tanti

Blood Cancer Treatment, Set the Standard

Help Set the Standard to save lives

It’s not fair, but where you live, and your financial situation can sometimes determine if you can access the best blood cancer treatment.

You’ve been an unwavering support for Australians living with blood cancer – and now we need your help to Set the Standard for blood cancer care.

By adding your name to the online tally today at, you’ll be part of the Leukaemia Foundation’s first public advocacy campaign calling for new national standards for blood cancer treatment and care.

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You helped Meg connect with others when she felt isolated

Finding out you have a serious disease can be an isolating time. But thanks to your heartfelt generosity, Meg’s blood cancer experience has been full of support from people who understand.

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Darrin’s life changed in an instant. But your support was ready.

A simple blood test changed Darrin’s life.

After being urgently called back about a “problem” with his results, Darrin was given the shocking news that he had blood cancer.

“I was devastated. I didn’t know anything about leukaemia and I was so sure that I was going to die. I had no idea the ride I was in for.”

Read more here


Thanks to you, a research revolution has begun

One of the most exciting and revolutionary blood cancer trials has launched in Australia, all thanks to your generosity.

In an overwhelming display of care for Australians with high-risk blood cancers, generous supporters like you have enabled work to begin on an incredibly important trial, the Blood Cancer Genomics Trial (known as MoST-LLy).

This first-of-its-kind trial hopes to pave the way for a new approach to treating blood cancer, by looking at the genomic profile of someone’s blood cancer to help provide personalised, targeted treatments.

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Florence Brown

Giving in life and in legacy

In honour of her late two children, Florence Brown chose to leave an incredibly generous gift in Will.

It’s this care for others that’s testament to Florence’s desire to make a difference, something she demonstrated during her life.

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Positive. Heart-warming. Feel Good. 

Blood cancer can be incredibly tough, but your generosity means wonderful moments happen too – both big and small.

We’re celebrating some amazing news from members of our blood cancer community who are so grateful for your support. 

Thanks for being a good-news maker! 

Read the good news here

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Online Supporter Seminar Series

Join our regular virtual seminars, exploring the many ways your kindness impacts Australians living with blood cancer. Learn about breakthrough research and hear from families that you’re helping. Join live or catch up later with a recording!

Upcoming seminars include:

March seminar – MDS research update

April seminar – AML research update

To view the seminar program and learn more, click here

With World’s Greatest Shave, defeating blood cancer is Mission: Possible!

World’s Greatest Shave is back this year and more action-packed than ever! We’re assigning YOU a top-secret mission — shave, cut or colour your hair and raise money to help conquer blood cancer— and shave the world! You will provide Aussie families with the special care they need to make it through every scary, uncertain moment following a blood cancer diagnosis. So… Will you accept your mission?

Sign up at any time of year!

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Need support?

Whether you have blood cancer or you’re the carer or family member of someone with blood cancer, we’re here to help.

Whatever advice you need, support services or blood cancer related questions you might have – just fill in our online referral form and our team will get back to you within 2 business days.

Or you can call 1800 620 420 to speak with a Blood Cancer Support Coordinator today.

Thank you!

These are the real-life outcomes that you’re helping make possible.


Last updated on February 7th, 2023

Developed by the Leukaemia Foundation in consultation with people living with a blood cancer, Leukaemia Foundation support staff, haematology nursing staff and/or Australian clinical haematologists. This content is provided for information purposes only and we urge you to always seek advice from a registered health care professional for diagnosis, treatment and answers to your medical questions, including the suitability of a particular therapy, service, product or treatment in your circumstances. The Leukaemia Foundation shall not bear any liability for any person relying on the materials contained on this website.