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Bloodwise Open Day - University of Birmingham

Louise Dawson
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12 Nov 2015

On Saturday 7 November, the midlands Bloodwise team welcomed 30 supporters to the University of Birmingham to learn how money they have raised over the last year is helping us to beat blood cancer.

On Saturday 7 November, the midlands Bloodwise team welcomed 30 supporters to the University of Birmingham to learn how money they have raised over the last year is helping us to beat blood cancer.

Paul Murray – Professor of Molecular Pathology at the University of Birmingham – and his team led by Tracey Perry opened the doors to their labs to show us how they are tackling lymphoma and in particular, Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma, one of the biggest blood cancer killers.

The day began with a welcome and introduction to the charity from Bloodwise Director of Fundraising, Mark Wilson, followed by a presentation by Professor Paul Murray on ‘Developing better therapies for patients with B Cell lymphomas’. The tour of the labs was next on the agenda, with all 30 supporters learning about targeted therapies, analysing and sequencing DNA and the cost of lab equipment.  

Almost all of the supporters who joined us at the open day have been affected directly or indirectly by blood cancer and many of them are new to the charity having done some fantastic fundraising over the last year. They shared with us both uplifting but for some equally heart breaking stories about their experiences. By welcoming them to the university, it was a great opportunity to say thank you and show them exactly what they are helping us to achieve.

Supporter Julie Pritchard said: ‘Paul’s talk was both informative and inspiring and I really appreciated how he took the time to speak to me personally during the tour. I know my friends who attended with me were also impressed with the day and it has motivated us to think about how we can do some more fundraising next year.’

Kevin Sykes added: ‘It was a great day, informative, enjoyable and pitched at a level that was easy to understand. I thoroughly enjoyed it’.

Our sincere thanks and appreciation goes out to Professor Paul Murray and his team, Tracey, Archie, Navta, Pradeep, Sandra, Lucia, Maha and Lauren for making the day such a success.