Our story began with just one family with a vision. That family was the Eastwoods, who sadly lost their 6-year-old daughter Susan to leukemia, a type of blood cancer. They believed there could and should be hope for people with blood cancer.
When they founded our charity in 1960, only one in 10 children would survive the most common forms of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Today, nine in 10 children survive. That extraordinary turnaround is the result of the tireless dedication of our supporters and their amazing fundraising, which has seen millions invested into blood cancer research over the last 50 years.
Despite this progress, there is still much work to be done, as blood cancer is a complex disease with 137 different types. There are millions of people living with blood cancer, and it can affect those of any age, gender or race. That means we need to carry on doing the world-leading research that leads to new and more effective treatments.
It’s this that makes our community of staff, patients, researchers, doctors, nurses, families and fundraisers so important. My Peak Challenge plays a big role in this community, having raised an astonishing £285,000 for Bloodwise in the last two years. This money will help fund a clinical trial at the University of Oxford that is testing a hugely promising way to treat one of the most aggressive forms of blood cancer, acute myeloid leukemia (AML).
From one family with a vision to a global community of thousands working together to beat blood cancer. We have made great progress but have so much more to do.