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Blood Cancer Awareness Week

0 Comments 08 November 2016

Blood Cancer Awareness Week 7 – 13 November

You can donate to Leukemia and Blood Cancer NZ  HERE

On 22nd Sep 2016 I was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma – blood cancer.  This was just 10 days after I presented with the first obvious symptoms.  I am now undergoing chemotherapy and am fortunate enough to be a candidate for stem cell transfer in 2017.  This cancer is incurable but very controllable and I look forward to a few more good years of living.   Bobbie 

Piha Volunteer FireMost of you will be familiar with Piha Volunteer Fire Brigade‘s Sky Tower Stair Challenge (left),  Shave for a Cure and business Step Up Sky Tower Stair Challenge.   These events raise more than $M1 for Blood Cancer NZ.

 

Sku Tower Stair Challenge   Shave for a Cure   Step Up Sky Tower

Blood Cancer Awareness Week 7 – 13 November   Donate Here

Blood Cancer

Every day 6 children and adults in New Zealand are diagnosed with a blood cancer like leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma or a related blood condition.

  • There are an estimated 10,000 people living with blood cancer or a related condition in New Zealand.
  • Blood cancers combined (leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma) are the fifth most common form of cancer in New Zealand
  • Leukaemia is the most common childhood cancer while lymphoma is the most common cancer in 15 – 24 year-olds.
  • The cause of blood cancers is unknown.
  • These diseases can strike anyone, of any age, at any time, without warning.
  • Immediate treatment may be necessary and that treatment can go on for months or even years.
  • A diagnosis of a blood cancer can have far-reaching consequences. A diagnosis can change a person’s life overnight and has a huge impact on the patients, their family, friends and their income.

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