33,000 hands needed to knock off cancer

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The Leukaemia Foundation has launched a state-wide search for 16,500 pairs of hands to knock on doors, ring doorbells and ask Queenslanders to help open the door to a blood cancer cure.

Alarming new figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics reveal Queensland blood cancer deaths are at their highest rate in a decade.

In an effort to help more people survive, the Leukaemia Foundation has today put the call out for thousands of volunteers to join their annual Doorknock campaign from Saturday 18 June to Friday 1 July.

With 35 Australians diagnosed with a blood cancer every day and the rate of blood cancer deaths continuing to climb, Leukaemia Foundation Chief Executive Officer Bill Petch said the need to find a cure has never been more urgent.

“Blood cancers now account for more than nine per cent of all cancer deaths. In fact, they kill more Queenslanders than breast cancer or melanoma,” he said.

“We hope to raise 600,000 during Doorknock to support world-class research and continue to provide free practical and emotional assistance to families impacted by blood cancers, including lymphoma, leukaemia and myeloma.

“But to do that, we need people in their local community to get out and about and ask for the support of their neighbours.

“We know that Queenslanders are extremely generous and by getting involved in Doorknock, they can play a part in helping to find a cure, whilst getting to know the people in their local area better.”

Sign up to be a Doorknock collector in your local community or visit the website or call 1800 152 211 for more information.