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Lifeblood | September 2023

You’re making brighter days possible – 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!

A message from the CEO

You are not alone. Your support is amplifying this simple, yet powerful message to the 135,000 Australians living with blood cancer today.

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Leukaemia Foundation CEO Chris Tanti
Leukaemia Foundation CEO Chris Tanti

Introducing The Giving Cell

Giving is in our blood. Literally.

By coming together to fight blood cancer, we can achieve so much more. That’s why we’re launching The Giving Cell community.

Find out more

A family stronger than ever

Life stopped for Chris Dodd’s family when blood cancer entered their lives. Your support has given Chris the best chance of survival, and his family is so grateful.

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Dodd Family
Thanks to you, the Dodd family were able to fight blood cancer together
Dr Ilaria Pagani in her lab
Dr Ilaria Pagani in her lab

You’re powering research that will change lives

Thanks to you, we’re getting closer to a future where treatment for chronic myeloid leukaemia could mean a cure.

For Dr Ilaria Pagani, an internationally recognised young leader in chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) research, the future for Australians with CML will be one with a cure.

It’s an ambitious goal, but it’s one she’s passionate about.

“CML is fatal if untreated. My research program aims to convert CML treatment from lifelong disease control to cure,” says Dr Pagani.

And thanks to your support, Leukaemia Foundation funding of $400,000 is helping Dr Pagani get closer to that bold end goal.

Read more here


Empowering families with expert information and advice

Your generosity is helping to craft a focused online education program for Australians with blood cancer. For Yvonne Taylor, it’s made a huge difference.

Blood cancer can be a complex experience, impacting many aspects of life. People may feel like they’ve only just faced one challenge before another one comes along.

That’s why empowering families facing blood cancer with a wide range of information and expert support is incredibly important.

Thanks to you, the Leukaemia Foundation’s comprehensive education program provides rich learning opportunities, including online education.

Read more here

Dr Charlotte Tottman
Dr Charlotte Tottman

Beryl Old
For Beryl Old giving to help others was a simple decision.

Beryl’s gift for generations  

For long-term blood cancer survivor Beryl, giving to help others was a simple decision.

When you meet Beryl, you instantly feel her caring yet pragmatic approach to life.

“In my life now, I’m happy, I’m satisfied. And I thought leaving a gift in my Will to the Leukaemia Foundation might be a good idea,” explains Beryl.

It’s this beautiful way of looking at life that’s seen Beryl generously give to the Leukaemia Foundation over many years. It’s her way of helping other families facing blood cancer and continuing the generosity of her late husband, Vic.

“It makes me feel that I’ve accomplished something. It’s the same feeling when I send a donation. I know the Leukaemia Foundation will use it where it’s needed,” says Beryl.

Supporting others walking a similar blood cancer path is such a powerful and selfless gift. We’re so very grateful to Beryl.

If you would like to know more about leaving a gift in your Will to the Leukaemia Foundation, please contact Emma Dwyer, Senior Philanthropy Manager, on (08) 8169 6051 or [email protected]

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 two 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 2nd, 2024

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.