The Leukaemia Foundation is delighted to be the recipient of funds raised by the Outer Edge Polar Challenge Race for Leukaemia. These funds are being raised in memory of Henry Werb (Papa) who passed away from Lymphoma in December last year. Sadly every day in Australia, 31 people are diagnosed with a form of leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma. That?s around 12,000 people annually, or one person every 46 minutes. At any time there are around 60,000 people undergoing treatment who need the Foundations support. Blood cancers can?t be predicted ? or prevented – and they affect people of all ages. Unfortunately, despite remarkable advances in cancer research and treatments in the last decade, blood cancers remain the 3rd biggest cause of cancer death in Australia claiming more lives each year than wellknown cancers such as prostate cancer, breast cancer or melanoma. Whilst childhood survival rates have increased to around 85% in the past few decades, there is still a long way to go with improving survival rates in adults. Treatment for blood cancers can be a lengthy process, taking many months and sometimes years. This can have a huge financial impact on families, particularly if it is the family breadwinner who is affected, or a parent has to give up work to look after a child. A blood cancer diagnosis usually means an immediate disruption of the lives of patients and their families, particularly for patients in regional and remote areas who must move to cities for treatment. This is where the Leukaemia Foundation steps in to provide support and helps ease the emotional and financial burdens that come with a blood cancer diagnosis. The Foundation reaches 50% of all newly diagnosed people with blood cancer, and gives patients, and their families, access to the personalised support they need to give them the best possible chance of survival. All programs and services for patients are free and include accommodation, counselling, transportation to medical appointments, educational resources and practical and financial assistance. Their goal is to empower patients with information, resources and support to help reduce stress while keeping families together. In the past few decades, the Foundation has also invested millions into vital research to find better treatments and cures and are aiming to double their investment in research by 2017. Their priority is to deliver the best possible health outcomes for patients, improve treatments and give patients access to global clinical trials. As the Foundation receives no ongoing government funding, they are reliant on the generosity of community minded businesses and generous individuals like the intrepid polar trekker taking part in the Outer Edge Race for Leukaemia to help continue their vision to cure blood cancers and support patients and their families when they need it most.
Charles Werb"My mind went into overdrive until the day that a specific opportunity presented itself to me. Why not attempt to snow sail......"
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Ride For LeukaemiaThe Outer Edge Polar Challenge, Ride for Leukaemia aims to raise funds for the Leukaemia Foundation of Australia. We encourage you to donate 1c, 10c, 20c, 50c or even $1.00 for every kilometre I cover in Antarctica. Please donate generously to help us raise as much as we can especially during our world record attempt……..
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