Through research we’ve done over the last two years, it’s become clear that many patients and carers, the public and even some GPs don’t know or understand enough about blood cancers.
That’s why it’s been so encouraging to see the variety of groups and individuals getting involved with international blood cancer awareness month throughout September, raising awareness and understanding of the diseases that comprise blood cancer, the various symptoms, the support that exists for patients, and the work that’s being done to beat blood cancer.
Our supporters marked the occasion magnificently by spreading the message that we are Bloodwise: we’re a passionate and dedicated movement of people united by the goal of beating all 137 types of blood cancer. From our regional Branches, tireless as ever in their efforts to raise funds and awareness around the UK, to our patients, researchers and even patients-turned-researchers! We’ve been telling the world what being Bloodwise means to us – sharing our own experiences with blood cancer, proud fundraising moments or tributes to people who inspire us.
Above is just a small selection: you can view our full #WeAreBloodwise gallery on Facebook – and if you have your own inspiring moment or blood cancer experience to share, we’d love to hear from you on there or via our contact form.
You can also relive how blood cancer awareness month unfolded on social media on our #WeAreBloodwise Storify page.
We’d like to thank our whole community of Bloodwise people for their ongoing support.
Our hardworking Branches and fundraising groups up and down the country have played a huge role over the last month, holding our first ever fundraising collections as Bloodwise and raising well in excess of £65,000 – you can read our regional team’s full review here.
Find out more about volunteering with us – by giving just a little of your time you can make a big difference to the lives of blood cancer patients.
Our unstoppable athletes raised thousands of pounds to beat blood cancer and were lucky enough to show off our beautiful new sports kit at the same time – at events including Run to the Beat, the Great North Run and our first ever London to Paris cycling event as Bloodwise.
A big thank you to everyone who wrote to their MP encouraging them to come to our first ever parliamentary drop in session – and the MPs themselves who pledged their support! You can read the full lowdown from our Policy and Public Affairs team here.
And thanks to everyone who sent in their sightings of our campaign billboards and posters around the UK:
We have some great momentum behind us – all the more so after an amazing month this September – and a very exciting future ahead in which together, we’ll be able to do more for blood cancer patients than ever before.
We’ve been working to beat blood cancer since 1960, and thanks to what our supporters have helped us achieve so far, we’ve never been in a stronger position than we are now.