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From real patient stories to tips on living well, hear firsthand from people who have faced blood cancer.

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Helen’s steps to a gift in Will

Helen has no idea how many kilometres she walked with her beloved pooch Prinnie for over 15 years collecting for the Leukaemia Foundation Doorknock campaign. But she does know every step was worth it to help save the lives of children with blood cancer – like her young friend, Rachel, who was diagnosed with leukaemia in 1991.

  • Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
  • Gift in Will
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Will’s first Father’s Day after beating blood cancer

After beating blood cancer and becoming a first-time dad, Will decided to take care of his mental health.

  • Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
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Will with his wife Sarah, holding their son Leo

Nick’s double blood cancer diagnosis and regaining hope

Diagnosed with two blood cancers, Nick's world changed instantly. Then transplant complications challenged him in ways he didn't expect.

  • Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
  • Chronic myeloid leukaemia
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Nick holding a bag of stem cells

Edward’s legacy secured with gift in Will 

Edward Rhoades and his mum, Jan, knew they wanted to give others impacted by blood cancer a brighter future after he suffered from the debilitating side-effects of a stem cell transplant, to which he eventually lost his life.  

  • Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
  • Gift in Will
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Reconciliation Week

We stand with Indigenous Australians to close the gap in health. We know we need to do better for our First Nations people living with blood cancer.

  • Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
  • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
  • Other blood cancers
  • Support services
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Artwork created by Reconciliation Australia to mark Reconciliation Week

Childhood blood cancer through a mother’s eyes

This Mother’s Day, and every day, we recognise the incredible mothers and mother-figures within our community. One of these mums is Andrea Houston whose four-year-old daughter, Emily, is currently battling an aggressive blood cancer.

  • Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
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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

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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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

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.

Pandemic gave Mark the chance to heal at home

After a challenging bone marrow transplant in Melbourne during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Mark Reid was the first Tasmanian to manage a successful recovery at home with extra immune cell infusions from his donor.

  • Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
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The teenage blood cancer experience: Emma’s story

Nearly 16 years since her diagnosis, Emma Ingster, now 30-years-old, reflects on being diagnosed as a teenager.

  • Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
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Our two years living with blood cancer

To mark International Childhood Cancer Day, Tiffany Ernst reflects on the past two years since her five-year-old daughter, Haylen was diagnosed with leukaemia.

  • Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
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Haylen Ernst was diagnosed with leukaemia at just 3-years-old

Oren fast-tracked to CAR T-cell therapy for rare Ph-like ALL

Sports-lover Oren was only the sixth child in Australia to receive CAR T-cell treatment.

  • Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
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Oren stands outside, smiling

Personalised cellular therapy gives Hunter a future

A cutting-edge cellular therapy, made possible by breakthrough research, has given seven-year-old Hunter hope for a brighter future.

  • Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
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The Madden Family

Drug discovery has remarkable potential for high-risk childhood leukaemia

Dr Michelle Henderson's research is laying the groundwork to develop a promising new therapy for infant ALL.

  • Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
  • Research
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Dr Michelle Henderson in the lab

From PhD in Melbourne to postdoc in New York

New York-based, Aussie researcher Matt Witkowski has his sights set on improving the effectiveness of CAR T-cell therapy.

  • Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
  • Research
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Matthew Witkowski

Navigating childhood blood cancer during a pandemic

Archer spent nine months, hundreds of kilometres from home and across state borders, undergoing life-saving blood cancer treatment during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

  • Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia
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Archer Bermingham