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Blood Cancer UK

Blood Cancer UK

Blood Cancer UK is the UK's leading blood cancer research charity. We are dedicated to enabling world-class research to improve the lives of people living with blood cancer; including leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma. Where we have invested, we are proud to say that survival rates and quality of life have significantly improved. LLR - Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research

Cricket legend Sir Ian Botham got involved in 1977, after taking a wrong turn in a Taunton hospital while being treated for a broken foot. He found himself in the children's ward where four small boys were playing cards. He chatted to them and when he said goodbye, he said he'd see them again in two weeks, but he was shocked to be told by the nurse that they all had leukaemia and did not have long to live.

Sir Ian was so shaken by the experience that he embarked on a walk from John O'Groats to Land's End in 1985, raising over £1 million. Since then, he's done numerous challenges and raised over £13 million. He became our first-ever President in 2003.

Since we began in 1960, Blood Cancer UK has helped to change the world in many ways. One of the most significant impacts that we have had in that time, thanks very much to the profile and the money that Beefy has attracted, is our contribution to the dramatic improvement in survival from the most common childhood leukaemia, acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL). Thanks to investment in medical research, including projects funded by Blood Cancer UK, today there is an 8 in 10 chance of survival.

Right now, our community is funding 360 researchers across the UK who are searching for the next breakthrough. Our research has already helped transform treatments and taken us to the point where the day we will beat blood cancer is now in sight. Our researchers are working to finish the job.

As well as looking for a cure in the future, we also help people right now. We're there for people when they need someone to talk to, whether on the phone or online, and we offer health information people can trust, in a language they can understand.

We also campaign for change, helping to make sure that people get the health care they deserve and that new treatments that come from research breakthroughs are available on the NHS.

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LLR - Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research

Projects and funding requirements

With such a dramatic improvement in survival from childhood ALL, it could easily be assumed that the job is done; but there are many problems still to tackle before we have beaten childhood leukaemia.

Firstly, just 8 in 10 children will survive the most common childhood leukaemia, ALL; and the overall survival rate for children with acute myeloid leukaemia is even lower, around 70%. More needs to be done to ensure that all children survive and can live their life to the full.

Secondly, we need kinder treatments. Children undergoing treatment still have to endure years of toxic drugs, which, as well as having devastating side-effects such as infertility and inhibited growth; severely impact on normal family life, precious years that can't ever be replaced.

Thanks to our incredible supporters, Blood Cancer UK’s current investment in childhood blood cancer is £10,943,324. Our research focuses on finding ways to treat the children who currently relapse, understanding why some cancer cells survive chemotherapy, improving the safety and effectiveness of transplants and personalising the treatment according to the voracity of the cancer to minimise side effects where possible.

Every pound that we receive works hard to ensure that we beat blood cancer.

Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research