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Patients, nurses and researchers join our Twitter Takeover to #MakeBloodCancerVisible

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30 Aug 2018

During Blood Cancer Awareness Month, members of the blood cancer community will take over @Bloodwise_UK to share their perspectives

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Throughout September, we're handing over the reins of our Twitter to give a platform to a variety of people who have a direct link to blood cancer. Patients, healthcare professionals, Bloodwise-funded scientists, fundraisers and politicians will discuss a range of topics, share their stories and field your questions.

Our Twitter Takeover highlights include:

Wednesday 5 September: Henry Smith, Member of Parliament and Chair of All Party Parliamentary Group on Blood Cancer

Bloodwise is holding a photo call for MPs in Westminster on 4 September where MPs will pledge to make blood cancer visible and will have the opportunity to meet Bloodwise Ambassadors. On the 5th, Henry will provide updates and photos from the event.

Tuesday 11 September: Gemma Peters, Bloodwise Chief Executive

Gemma will share updates from a Westminster roundtable on blood cancer. The meeting is organised by pharmaceutical company Janssen and attendees will include: CEOs of CLIC Sargent and Myeloma UK; senior representatives from Cancer Research UK, The Royal College of Radiologists and Royal College of General Practitioners; and Steve Brine, Minister for Public Health. 

The agenda will look at how blood cancer can be recognised in the NHS long-term cancer plan and the next cancer strategy; how patient experiences, treatment options, patient journeys differ from solid tumours; and how to create a unique blood cancer policy space.

Thursday 13 September: Dr Alasdair Rankin, Bloodwise Director of Research and Patient Experience

Alasdair will tweet about the most exciting new research projects Bloodwise is funding and discuss our work supporting people with chronic myelomonocytic leukaemia.

Friday 14 September: Matt Lawley, Bloodwise Head of Sports Events

Matt will provide updates from London | Paris, our four-day international cycling challenge.

Saturday 15 September: Anna Mamwell, Bloodwise Digital Ambassador

Anna is in remission from acute myeloid leukaemia. She is a Bloodwise Digital Ambassador and writes about her experience with blood cancer for Huffington Post. She’ll tweet from Impact Day in Birmingham.

Tuesday 18 September: Lisa Griffith, Bloodwise Ambassador

Lisa's son Hugo was diagnosed with childhood acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (Ch-ALL) at the age of 2. Hugo is now five, and after 3 years, two months and five days of chemotherapy, has reached his last day of treatment. Lisa will share her perspective of caring for a child with blood cancer.

Wednesday 19 September: Simon Thomas, TV presenter and Bloodwise supporter

Simon Thomas is a TV presenter who previously worked on Sky Sports and Blue Peter. His wife died from acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL). Simon will speak about how he's working with Bloodwise to raise blood cancer awareness.

Friday 21 September: Alastair Campbell, journalist, political aide and author

Alastair Campbell has long been a commited Bloodwise supporter. He has run the London Marathon and the Great North Run for Bloodwise and has worked tirelessly to raise the profile of blood cancer. Alastair will speak about his personal connection to blood cancer and how research can make a difference.

Tuesday 25 September: Dr Sunniyat Rahman, blood cancer researcher

The Bloodwise-funded researcher will speak about the research into T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukaemia he’s carrying out at UCL Cancer Institute.

Monday 24 September: Gill Brisley, blood cancer nurse

Gill will discuss her work as lead clinical nurse specialist and how she supports people with acute leukaemia and myelodysplastic syndromes at Hammersmith Hospital.

Thursday 27 September: Joshua Poncil, Bloodwise Online Communities and Services Officer

Joshua will discuss the online support services Bloodwise offers to people with blood cancer, including our brand new forum.

Friday 28 September, Jess Phillips, Labour MP

Jess is Labour MP for Birmingham and Yardley and a member of the APPG on Blood Cancer. She'll speak about her campaigning and her personal connection to blood cancer.

For the latest updates and to follow the takeovers, visit our Twitter channel.

To join in the conversation, use the hashtag #MakeBloodCancerVisible.

Please note that all takeover details are subject to change.

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