Our 40th anniversary year

Our CEO Bill Petch

Our CEO Bill Petch says while many more children and adults are surviving some blood cancers, the numbers being diagnosed continue to climb.

Our CEO, Bill Petch, explains how we are building a brighter future for patients and their families on the solid foundation left by our founders.

This year is a very special one for the Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland as we celebrate our 40th anniversary. We should look back with tremendous pride and gratitude at that small band of men and women who began our organisation intent on one purpose – to beat blood cancer. Our purpose has not changed over 40 years.

Since 1975 many thousands of people have donated funds, participated in events and fundraisers, given us a gift in their Will, and volunteered their time. The generosity of each and every one of these people has helped lay the incredibly solid foundation we continue to build upon today.

Today, beating blood cancers and improving the lives of patients and their families remain our top priorities. Despite the many breakthroughs in treatments, our job is not done and we urgently need your help to continue to support the growing number of patients and families who still desperately need us.

While many more children and adults are surviving some blood cancers, the number of people being diagnosed continues to climb. It is wonderful that people are surviving these diseases; however many are dealing with the ongoing physical and psychological side effects, even years after their treatment has stopped.

We continually strive to find innovative and cost-effective ways to raise funds so that we can continue to support patients and families, and reduce some of the emotional and financial burdens they face as a result of their diagnosis.

Funding cancer research

We are also committed to funding research. Last year we invested a record $1.6 million in research – an increase of more than 35% on the previous year. This funding has led to promising discoveries, potential new treatments and therapies, and clinical and psychosocial studies focused on improving outcomes for patients.

Plans are underway to hold a public forum with The University of Queensland Diamantina Institute in the coming year that will provide an opportunity for supporters to hear about the latest developments in blood cancer research. The University of Queensland Diamantina Institute is a research facility based at the Translational Research Institute beside the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane.

As we enter our 40th anniversary year, we haven’t lost sight of our organisation’s history. We are determined to never accept the status quo when there are still so many people who need our help.

We will not rest until we have beaten blood cancers, but we need your help. Please donate today. Thank you.

This article first appeared in Leukaemia Foundation News, which tells the story of how our supporters are beating blood cancer in Queensland. Subscribe today or download the latest issue.

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