Justin Cliffe
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Justin Cliffe

A life-changing gift

Justin Cliffe
Posted by
Justin Cliffe
04 Dec 2015

Our wonderful supporters who give a gift in their Will really are changing the lives of blood cancer patients.

We recently received a very generous legacy from the late Mrs Amelia Gordon from Elgin, Scotland who died in February 2015.

Mrs Gordon, who was known by her family as Maimi, and her late husband, John, tragically lost their only son, Ainslie, to leukaemia when he was just 4 years old.

As with every gift left in a Will to Bloodwise, it’s important that we considered, really carefully, where to best invest Maimi's generous gift. In remembering Ainslie, Maimi’s kind donation is being  to help  fund a research project at Newcastle University where Dr Julie Irving is running a four year, international study to improve treatment for children who relapse with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL).

Childhood ALL is the most common childhood cancer, and survival rates are good – 9 in 10 children diagnosed with the disease survive. But if a child relapses (their cancer comes back) the likelihood of their treatment being a success is poorer – so we need to find new drugs which are much more effective at treating relapsed ALL.  

The largest ever clinical trial for children with relapsed ALL, called IntReALL, has recently started. This will compare a number of new drugs for relapsed ALL to the drugs that are already available. The trial involves more than 1,000 children from 19 countries - so it really does have the potential to help us make sure that no child dies from this disease again, right across the world.

Dr Irving and her team plan to analyse the cells and genetic information of the UK children on this trial to find the optimal therapy for each child – the treatment which is most effective for each child whilst reducing the side effects of the drugs.

Researchers from 18 other countries plan to do similar work with the cells and genetic information from children taking part in the trial in their country. This shows an unprecedented global collaboration to improve the treatment of children with relapsed ALL.

Maimi’s generous gift will help make this research project happen – and help change the lives of children who have relapsed ALL in the future.

Gifts left in Wills make up a third of our income every year – it means that we quite literally couldn’t do what we do with these incredible gifts. If you’d like to find out more about leaving a gift in your Will to Bloodwise and, like Maimi, help us continue this work, we’d love to hear from you. Read more online, get in touch or call 020 7504 2200 and ask to speak to our Legacies Manager.