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Susan Eastwood's story

Matilda S
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12 Dec 2011

When six-year-old Susan Eastwood was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) in 1960, she had no hope of surviving.

Her sister, Sylvia Gaunt, said: “There was no hope of treatment - she died within six weeks of diagnosis. We didn’t know anyone else who had had it, or how long Susan had had it - but we knew it was a death sentence.

"I remember her so well and have such fond memories of her. We shared a bedroom and she was a typical mischievous little girl, always in my make-up bag or tottering in my shoes. She was such fun. When she died we were all devastated.

"Her death came like a thunderbolt and it set us on a whole different path. My mother did not want anyone to go through what we had been through and we wanted to fundraise to do something positive to remember Susan and to help others. That is how what was to become Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research all started.”