On Thursday I'll be joining other supporters, volunteers, blood cancer patients and researchers at the Bigger Picture in London to find out more about what we've been doing in the South East to beat blood cancer.
I'm also really looking forward to hearing from the speakers at the event. Our Chief Executive, Cathy Gilman, will be kicking off proceedings with an overview of what the charity has been doing over the past year and what we're doing and where we're going over the next twelve months.
Our Scientific Director, Chris Bunce, will also be there to give us an update on some of the research projects that we've been funding while we'll also be hearing from one of our current researchers, Dr Emma Morris, to find out how she is getting on with her current research project.
Emma and her research group are focussing on novel aspects of immune therapies for haematological malignancies, predominantly cellular and gene therapy. As a bone marrow transplant patient myself, I'm particularly looking forward to talking to her about the progress that has made in the transplant process since my own transplant in the summer of 2004.
I'm also excited to hear from David Rogers, a fellow chronic myeloid leukaemia patient and avid fundraiser, about some of his extraordinary fundraising exploits. QVC presenter Julia Roberts will also take to the stage to talk about her own diagnosis with blood cancer and it will be interested to hear what fundraising and awareness ideas she has in the pipeline.
Aside from the talks, Thursday is a real opportunity for blood cancer patients, supporters, volunteers, researchers and staff members alike to all get together under one roof and talk about the real progress that's been made and things we can do going forwards to beat blood cancer - something we all care very passionately about.
If you are interested in attending the London Bigger Picture, the event starts at 6.30 pm at the Winter Garden at the Institute of Child Health. Drinks and canapes will be served throughout the evening which finishes at 9 pm.