So far over £875.92 has been raised for blood cancer charity Cure Leukaemia and this is how those funds directly make an impact for patients battling the disease.
Cure Leukaemia was established in 2003 to support the world-class clinical trial activity delivered at the Centre for Clinical Haematology at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. To date, Cure Leukaemia has raised more than £6 million to fund specialist research nurses and clinical staff primarily based at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
With Cure Leukaemia’s support Birmingham is leading the way, internationally, in the fight against blood cancer. World-class clinicians and scientists based at the Centre and the University of Birmingham are driving forward groundbreaking new therapies and saving lives in the process.
By delivering world first clinical trials to leukaemia patients who have exhausted standard treatments these trials are not only saving lives, but they are they are also contributing to the understanding and treatment of blood cancer across the world.
Whilst great strides have been made since the Centre was opened in 2006 (by former England footballer Geoff Thomas (pictured above) and former England cricketer Ashley Giles) the fact remains that too many people still die from leukaemia and without additional investment, patients will continue to miss out on accessing life-saving therapies.
In October 2016 a £2.45million Local Growth Fund grant has meant work can begin on doubling the capacity of the Centre in early 2017 and by the autumn the new Centre for Clinical Haematology will be ready to treat patients. In addition to the £2.45 million grant, Cure Leukaemia has made a commitment to raise an additional £1 million by December 31st 2017 to ensure this project is fully funded.
Once established, the Centre’s capacity for research nurse positions, clinical trials and patients treated will be doubled. Over 100 jobs will be created; further enhancing Birmingham’s reputation for clinical excellence in the life science sector and patient experience will be transformed by amalgamating all haematology and blood cancer services into a single space, from outpatient services to clinical trials.
Every penny raised through Give As You Live this December and hopefully beyond will go towards this inspirational project that will save lives and hasten progress towards finding a cure for blood cancer within our lifetime.
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