'The Time Is Now For Curing Blood Cancer'
Thank you for supporting Cure Leukaemia. I urge you to raise whatever you can for this fabulous charity and help hasten our progress towards eradicating this disease in our lifetime.
World-class clinicians and scientists based at the Centre for Clinical Haematology (CCH) at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital 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 our understanding and treatment of blood cancer across the world.
Cure Leukaemia plays a pivotal role in this process by funding specialist research nurses to administer these pioneering therapies.
Without the specialist research nurses to ensure patients are constantly monitored and cared for; these trials would not run and patients would miss the opportunity to access potentially life-saving therapies.
Whilst great strides have been made since the CCH was opened in 2006 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.
Excitingly, an opportunity has arisen to dramatically increase the capacity of the CCH to establish a Birmingham Institute of Haematology (BIH) to build on this track record of success.
This important project will require £3.5million of additional funding and will double the Centre’s capacity for research nurses positions, clinical trials and patients treated.
This will not only hasten progress towards establishing effective treatments for all blood cancers within our lifetime but also immediately increase the number of lives saved in the process.
The Local Growth Fund has granted £2.45m to allow work to begin on this project in early 2017 and by the autumn the expanded Centre will be ready to treat patients. Cure Leukaemia has made a commitment to raise the additional £1million capital funds by December 31st 2017 and we need your continued support to ensure this project is fully funded.
The benefits from establishing the BIH are immensely exciting but without additional funding this process will take longer so I urge you to do whatever you can to raise funds for Cure Leukaemia. Every single donation will help whether you are running 26.1 miles or baking cakes at your local village festival.
On behalf of the patients and everyone associated with Cure Leukaemia I would like to thank you for fundraising for the charity. Every donation contributes to helping save lives and will help us make what was once a dream, a reality. We will not stop until we Cure Leukaemia.
Professor Charlie Craddock CBE
Cure Leukaemia Co-Founder