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Dawson family kept together for son’s transplant

The Dawson family are ‘forever grateful’ for being able to stay together in Leukaemia Foundation accommodation while young son, Asher underwent a life-saving bone marrow transplant.

  • Acute myeloid leukaemia
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Baby Elowen conquers blood cancer with super strength

Before even reaching her first birthday, Elowen Boston has faced a greater challenge than many of us will in our lifetime - a life-threatening blood cancer diagnosis.

  • Acute myeloid leukaemia
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My COVID-19 vaccine experience

Blood cancer survivor and midwife, Catherine Wheeler shares her experience being eligible for the Phase 1a COVID-19 vaccine rollout. 

  • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
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Catherin Wheeler

Tony’s in remission after CAR T-cell therapy – his last option

Tony's symptoms had only been problems with his legs and feet when we was diagnosed with ALL.

  • Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
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Tony Gillen and family in Callala Bay

Using precision medicine to reduce long-term ALL treatment effects

Professor Deb White hopes to reduce the toxic impact of ALL therapy.

  • Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
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Deb White

Expert Series interview: Dr Rishi Kotecha on paediatric ALL

Dr Rishi Kotecha talks about the revolutionary treatments which are improving outcomes for babies and children with high-risk leukaemia.

  • Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
  • Research
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Dr Kotecha in the lab

Blood cancer and other people’s positivity

Sam was in denial about her lymphoma diagnosis, but struggled with how people related to her after her diagnosis.

  • Hodgkin lymphoma
  • Lifestyle and living well
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A woman laying down, wearing a turban with a pensive look on her face

“Blood cancer was my physical diagnosis but my experience was a far greater mental challenge.”

When diagnosed with a blood cancer as a young adult, Vicky Pellowe struggled to find the relevant information she needed to manage her diagnosis and live well as a survivor.

  • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
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Tom & Lindy: Secure the Future

The Bartons honoured their daughter's life by leaving a gift in their Will.

  • Our supporters
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Three-year-old Annie faces two-year treatment

With three kids under three, the Pender family already had their hands full before a shock diagnosis thrust them into the whole new world of childhood blood cancer.

  • Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
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Young mum fights blood cancer with positivity and perseverance

A shocking blood cancer diagnosis forced Zoe O’Connor and her young family to permanently relocate to a capital city without time for goodbyes.

  • Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
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Baby Maverick defies expectation in blood cancer battle

At only nine-months-old, Maverick Hill was diagnosed with a life-threatening blood cancer and forced to endure immediate and aggressive treatment away from home.  

  • Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
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Maverick Hill

Flynn’s one in 1.2 million diagnosis

To mark Rare Disease Day, Laura Winter shares the remarkable story of how her four-year-old son, Flynn has survived an extremely rare blood cancer diagnosis.

  • Other blood cancers
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Flynn Winter

Expert interview with Dr Cecily Forsyth on how to live your best life with MPN

Dr Forsyth is passionate about what MPN patients can do to improve their health.

  • Lifestyle and living well
  • Myeloproliferative neoplasms
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Dr Cecily Forsyth in the Lofoten Islands, Norway

High schooler Megan faces biggest test yet

Megan Reid was about to begin her last two years of high school when she was diagnosed with a blood cancer.

  • Hodgkin lymphoma
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ET or PV? That’s the question Sue’s been pondering for years

Sue Taylor has been curious about whether she may in fact have a different type of MPN to her diagnosis.

  • Myeloproliferative neoplasms
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Sue Taylor

AL amyloidosis trials due to open this year offer “new hope”

Two clinical trials will open later this year for newly diagnosed patients with AL amyloidosis with moderate to severe cardiac disease.

  • Amyloidosis
  • Research
  • Treatments and side-effects
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Dr Simon Gibbs at an international haematology conference in Boston, in 2019

Expert Series interview with Dr Simon Gibbs on all things ‘amyloidosis’

Dr Gibbs discusses everything from the incidence, diagnosis and treatment of amyloidosis, to supportive care, quality of life, and how he came to specialise in this field.

  • Amyloidosis
  • Research
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Dr Gibbs, out and about in Nice

My body wasn’t my own

Jen was into trying wellness crazes and 'anti-cancer' fads. Then she was diagnosed with blood cancer.

  • Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
  • Lifestyle and living well
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A woman is sitting down with her fiance and their dog. She is smiling at the camera.

Diagnosed finally at 33 – Keith’s now in remission

Keith Moore was “ridiculously young” to be told he had AL amyloidosis and it took nine months before he finally got that diagnosis.

  • Amyloidosis
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Keith and Felicity Moore