Bloodwise: they won’t stop until they’ve beaten blood cancer
December 29th, 2016: “We’re here to beat blood cancer”, is the header that can be found by following the link “what we do” on the Bloodwise website. That’s exactly what this foundation’s goal is: to beat leukemia and other types of blood cancers, so that a few years from now a diagnosis of blood cancer won’t be a big deal, will be followed up by routine treatment, and will always result in remission. Formerly Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, this foundation was recently renamed Bloodwise to better describe all the goals and activities under its umbrella. Bloodwise not only funds cutting edge research and clinical trials but also offers information and support to anyone affected by leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma, and other types of blood cancers.
Bloodwise was founded in 1960 by the Eastwoods family who sadly lost their daughter Susan to leukemia. The first branch founded by the family was run by volunteers and fundraised for blood cancer research. The organization grew exponentially through the years and has currently 150 local groups and 6 offices all over the UK. Bloodwise raised half a billion pounds since its inception, which was invested mostly in scientific research.
The main goals of Bloodwise are:
- To fund scientific research. The foundation currently funds 1,000+ researchers and clinicians supporting their 220 research projects. Moreover, it gives out countless more research awards to train researchers in the field of blood cancer.
- To help. Bloodwise helps patients and their families providing information and emotional support throughout their journey with blood cancer.
- To campaign. Blood cancer is the fifth most common cancer and the third biggest cancer killer in the UK. Bloodwise believes that no family should lose someone from blood cancer, that no patient should live with the fear of relapsing or the side effects of treatment, and that everyone affected by this disease should live a normal and fulfilling live. To achieve this, Bloodwise brings awareness to the health care professionals and campaigns with the Government, the NHS, Parliament, regulators and other experts for the needs of blood cancer patients and their families.
- To share learning. Bloodwise believes that a greater impact for the patients and their families can be achieved if information and breakthroughs can be freely shared with other organizations, charities and the general public. One of the ways Bloodwise is doing this is by joining forces with other foundations to create an Open Access Fund from which researchers can draw to make their publications available to anybody anywhere in the world, so that cutting edge research findings can be immediately disseminated. Another initiative is a collaborative clinical trial to test a new drug for chronic lymphocytic leukemia and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. For this initiative Bloodwise is collaborating with Cancer Research UK, their commercial arm Cancer Research Technology and the drug company BioInvent International. More information about these initiatives To share learning, can be found here.
- To raise money. The foundation does not receive funding from the government. All the funds raised come from their sports team, regular giving programs to trusts, legacy pledges, and their branches and fundraising groups.
Bloodwise has recently received attention as it is the charity chosen by the Poulston/Tomlinson/Deakin family for donations in memory of Johannah Deakin, mom of One Direction Louis Tomlinson, who passed away on December 7th 2016 of an aggressive form of leukemia. Today Sally Deakin, sister in law of the late Johanna, has announced that she will be competing in the 2017 London marathon in memory of Johanna and for Bloodwise.
There are many ways you can get involved, by either fundraising for Bloodwise, donating, participating to events organized by this foundation or volunteering. Informations on how to get involved can be found here.