Will you help change the odds for children like Mia this Christmas?

No child should ever have to spend Christmas in hospital, let alone their first like Mia did.

Mia was just seven months old when her parents were told the devastating news that their precious daughter had acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. And with survival rate of only 50% for children under five years old, their lives were about to be turned upside down.

A mother and her very young child pose together in hospital surrounded by medical equipment.

For the next nine months Mia stayed in hospital, undergoing a series of gruelling treatments such as including lumbar punctures, bone marrow operations, blood transfusions and chemotherapy.

Even when Mia left hospital, the regular treatments and tests continued for another three years.

Thankfully, Mia made it through and now she’s looking forward to Christmas at home, like any other five-year-old girl.

A very young child walks through a hospital corridor with her father.

Mia’s mum, Anjna told us:

“We’re so grateful to Blood Cancer UK, the fact that we still have our beautiful daughter with us today is all down to the researchers who make treatments like hers possible. We know just how lucky we are – because tragically, not every child makes it through.

Every child deserves a full and complete life. Babies diagnosed with cancer deserves better odds for survival. This Christmas, I hope you’ll join us and play your part once to make this lifesaving work possible.

A child poses in front of a teddy-bear adorned Christmas tree with her parents.

Although at the time I was devastated that Mia was having her first birthday and Christmas in hospital, today I feel the opposite. I am thankful to the scientists and research that meant I had even those special days.

With your support, I hope I will enjoy every future birthday and Christmas with my daughter for the rest of my life.”

A family poses for a group selfie on holiday, in front of a castle.

You could help give more children like Mia a better chance of spending next Christmas at home with their family. This Christmas, will you help give more children like Mia a better chance of surviving?

A young child Mia sits in a park next to her puppy dog.

This Christmas, please help fund lifesaving research and provide hope for more families like Mia’s.

For children like Mia, life is very tough. My research could improve the lives of children with leukaemia through tailored treatment.

- Professor Christine Harrison, University of Newcastle

A young child Mia rings the end of treatment bell, held up by her father.

For 60 years, Blood Cancer UK’s researchers have been committed to beating blood cancer. Thanks to supporters like you, we’ve made a huge difference to countless people’s lives, but there is still so much to do.

40,000 people in the UK are diagnosed with blood cancer every year. Some of them are babies like Mia. Will you help more of them to survive?

This Christmas, 167 researchers, pushing 90 research projects forwards at 27 different institutions, need your help to develop better treatments. Can they count on your support?

A young child - Mia - poses with a certificate dress as a superhero and flanked by two adults, a man and a woman.

How your gift can bring hope to children like Mia this Christmas

  • £10 could allow researchers to analyse blood cancer cells which will help to create new treatments, improve early diagnosis or even prevent blood cancer from developing in the first place. This could spare more babies like Mia from undergoing such harsh treatment.
  • £50 could help scientists to look at genetic patterns in tumour samples, improve diagnosis and treatments. This could mean that more families like Mia, Simon and Anjna would spend less time in hospital for ongoing treatments.
  • £150 could fund a research nurse for a day, making sure that blood cancer patients have a hand to hold while they’re testing new treatments. This could mean that parents like Anjna and Simon won’t have to move into the hospital to support a child who’s being treated for cancer.