Lifeblood | September 2021
You’re changing lives – thank you!
Welcome to your new Lifeblood newsletter.
You’ll meet grateful families you’ve help 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!
I’m throwing myself behind the Blood Cancer Awareness Month movement on social media this month – and hope it’s something to which you too can lend your voice.
Sadly, blood cancer is Australia’s hidden cancer crisis and it’s a much bigger issue than is understood. Blood cancer is actually Australia’s second most diagnosed cancer, but it’s not on people’s radar the same way as some other cancers.
We need to change this…
It was a first Mother’s Day that new mum Bronwyn will never forget. It was the day her nine-month-old daughter Elowen said her precious first words, “mum, mum.”
But it was also the day Bronwyn and husband Will were blind-sided with the shocking news that baby Elowen had blood cancer. You gave them the care and support to take on the huge fight against blood cancer
For some children with blood cancer, a stem cell transplant may save their life. Sadly, this same treatment can result in a debilitating and potentially fatal side effect called graft versus host disease (GvHD), where the donor cells treat the child’s body as foreign.
Self-described “poo-thusiast” Dr Hannah Wardill’s latest research is focusing on altering gut health to fight GvHD via a poo transplant into the gut, straight after the stem cell transplant.
David feels lucky that his family has never been personally affected by blood cancer.
But while doing some volunteering for the Leukaemia Foundation, David talked with people who sharing their experience and he met families staying at our accommodation centres. It led him to make an inspiring commitment.
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!
We Light the Night to give hope to those who have faced, and are facing, their own blood cancer journey. We remember loved ones lost, who will live forever in our hearts. When we hold hope like a light within us, life-changing things can happen.
This year, the Leukaemia Foundation invites you, to be part of this beautiful community event on Saturday 16 October.
A newly imagined personalised transport program is going a long way to make sure that every Australian with blood cancer can get to their life-saving treatment, no matter where they live, the time of appointment or any special needs.
Everyone with blood cancer can now access the Leukaemia Foundation’s new personalised transport program.
We invite you to join us for one our upcoming virtual seminars to learn more about the ways your support is making a difference to people living with blood cancer.
These are the real-life outcomes that you’re helping make possible.