How we are beating blood cancer - Impact Day
In 1960 the Eastwood family founded our charity, Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, after their daughter Susan sadly died from leukaemia aged just 6.
Back then, a leukaemia diagnosis was effectively a death sentence. Doctors knew next to nothing about blood cancer or how to treat it, and support for patients and their loved ones was notable mostly by its absence.
Fast forward 54 years to 2014 and we now see blood cancers almost as individual to each patient. Treatments - whilst still harsher than we'd like - are more personalised and many wonder drugs allow patients to get on with their lives. Health professionals, charities and patient groups are now there to support people with blood cancer thoughout the day, and sometimes night too.
We have even bigger ambitions for the future. We want to get to a place where 100% survival is a reality, where we've discovered ways to prevent blood cancer, and people affected can live their lives to the full.
At Impact Day on 26 April researchers, doctors, nurses, patients, staff members and families affected by blood cancer came together to discuss the progress that's been made, share experiences and find out more about the ways in which we're going to beat blood cancer.
Thank you to everyone who attended Impact Day and helped make the day such a huge success. The feedback we received from people this year was all incredibly positive and left us all feeling extremely optimistic about the future.
Impact Day blogs
Read blogs by some of this year's attendees to find out more about Impact Day 2014:
Kris Griffin, CML patient
"There were tears and there was admiration. Particular memories for me included the progress in childhood leukaemia where survival rates are now over 90%"
Danny Redhead, District & Winterton Branch co-ordinator
"it was a truly inspiring and moving weekend that I thoroughly enjoyed and feel that I have greatly benefited from attending. Life is a gift to used wisely and lived fiercely."
Paul, lymphoma patient
"WOW, what a really Informative, interesting, fun and eye opening day! So glad I went along to listen to what the future holds for LLR, and the future looks FANTASTIC and for patients over the coming years its looking like - a big thumbs up!"
Alison, supporter and amateur Calendar Girl
"“Hey people, would you be up for volunteering to do a couple of minutes of acting to camera to help us beat blood cancer?” asked Ellie, “No pay, but a warm, fuzzy feeling inside. And a cup of tea.”"
Impact Day video
Event detailsDate: Saturday, 11 April 2015Time: Starts at 10:00 am