I’m looking forward to Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research’s Bigger Picture Evening in Nottingham on Thursday. Having played for both Nottingham Forest and Notts County during my career, it’s a city that I’m very fond of.
Nottingham is also home to one of our 13 Trials Acceleration Programme (TAP) centres. I have championed TAP from the beginning and I’m passionate about its role in bringing new drugs to blood cancer patients. I’ll be talking to LLR’s Research Director, Professor Chris Bunce, on stage about how TAP is helping local patients and the latest trials that are entering the network.
Billy and Leanne Hogan will also be interviewed. Their son, Joe, was diagnosed with high-risk leukaemia when he was two and he has just finished over three years of successful treatment, including a year of intensive chemotherapy.
I was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia in 2003 and have been in remission since my bone marrow transplant. It was the courage of the patients around me that inspired me to get involved in TAP and Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. It’ll be really motivating to hear others’ stories and more about how TAP is helping patients. I was incredibly lucky, but many of the people I met in hospital did not survive. There are still far too many young people dying from blood cancers.
‘The Bigger Picture’ evening on Thursday 10 October includes a drinks and canapés reception. Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research Chief Executive, Cathy Gilman, will also speak at the event. Members of the public and supporters are welcome to attend and find out how research is leading to breakthroughs in treatment.
The event is free and takes place from 6.30–9.00pm on Thursday 10 October at the Mercure Hotel, George Street, Nottingham. People can find out more or register by contacting Emma Jones on 07952 993060 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.