All posts in Leukaemia

Des and Jessica

I needed two transfusions to make my daughter’s wedding

Des Paddon says he owes his life to a clinical trial for the drug venetoclax – an experimental therapy that Leukaemia Foundation supporters helped to kick start. Des will spend this Father’s Day reflecting on family, including how much his two daughters supported him during his blood cancer treatment. “Jessica and Naomy don’t live nearby, […]

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Ryan and Isabella

First-time dad’s inconceivable battle

It should have been one of the happiest days of Ryan Murray’s life. The soon-to-be dad was filled with joy and relief alongside his wife Nikki during her 12-week pregnancy scan. But that same day, Ryan’s doctor called to tell him he had blood cancer. Jubilation to devastation – in an instant. Ryan and Nikki […]

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Cancer shook our family twice in the same year

Sally Hansen and her husband Jeff celebrated their wedding and found out they were expecting a baby but amidst this joy, cancer rocked their family twice. “My husband’s grandad George had just retired and at 76 was looking forward to spending more time with his daughters, grandchildren and great grandchildren,” Sally said. “Living in a country […]

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Breakthrough therapy gives hope for new leukaemia treatment

In a world-first clinical trial, Melbourne medical researchers have shown that patients with an advanced form of leukaemia can achieve complete remission with a novel tablet treatment. Clinical trials of the potent new anti-cancer drug venetoclax showed it was effective in killing cancer cells in people with advanced forms of chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) when […]

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New drug combination offers new hope to patients

The Leukaemia Foundation is proud to have funded four researchers at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre working on the development of a new drug, CX-5461, currently being evaluated in a clinical trial for patients with advanced blood cancers. Results from the trial have been promising to date, however the research team has found that CX-5461 could be even more […]

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Targeting cancer ‘survival’ protein to kill cancer cells

A protein critical for the survival of many cancer cells, called MCL-1, might be the key to a new treatment for lymphoma and leukaemia patients. Leukaemia Foundation funded researcher Dr Stephanie Grabow and her team, in particular Drs Gemma Kelly and Brandon Aubrey at Melbourne’s Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, are investigating the […]

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Little Tayte’s big heart in face of leukaemia battle

When four-year-old Tayte was struck down with a persistent high temperature his worried mum Kristal knew something wasn’t right. Her GP couldn’t pinpoint the exact cause of the fevers but by that afternoon her mother’s instinct told her something was very wrong with her son. With his temperature then spiking at 42 degrees she immediately […]

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Gift of beloved Harley to benefit patients

Gregory Boyd loved his wife, playing and refereeing rugby, and riding his precious Harley. After retiring in 1988 from a successful rugby league refereeing career in Far North Qld and NSW, where he was the youngest-ever first grade referee and cohort of Bill Harrigan, Greg decided to move back to Brisbane for work, living at Jimboomba. In […]

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Country publican raises $80k in honour of late husband

After losing her husband Paul to a rare leukaemia twenty-two years ago, Karyn Williamson has raised an incredible $80,000 over the last five years to help regional patients diagnosed with a blood cancer. Karyn who comes from the small township of Cooyar two hours north-west of Brisbane said she wanted to give back to the Leukaemia Foundation after the support she and her […]

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Aimee and Brent

I found love on the run!

Aimee Dovell recently discovered a love for running…and through running she found love. In 2012, Aimee’s aunt suggested she sign up to our 55km charity hike in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland raising funds to help beat blood cancers. Realising she could combine her love for running with raising funds to help others, Aimee signed up on the spot and […]

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