Because blood cancer didn’t stop during lockdown
Coronavirus has affected us all in so many different ways and has also had a huge impact on blood cancer research and on people affected by blood cancer.
Research labs have closed their doors and researchers have had to pause their research. Even with restrictions easing, we’re facing an even bigger challenge as the fundraising events we rely on have been cancelled and the effect on the economy will make all types of fundraising much more difficult.
We now expect to have £1.8 million less on to spend on blood cancer research this year.
In the short term, this could mean we fund fewer research projects and make fewer breakthroughs that lead to new lifesaving treatments. And in the long term this could mean talented young researchers who want to be part of the fight against blood cancer have to develop their careers elsewhere.
It’s impossible to say how many breakthroughs we will miss out on over the next 10 or 20 years if that were to happen, but the impact would be devastating, and would be felt for a generation.
Put together, this could mean many thousands more people die of blood cancer than would otherwise be the case.
If our community has proved anything over the last 60 years, it’s the extraordinary power of ordinary people to come together to defy apparently impossible odds. We need that extraordinary power now. If you can contribute, your gift will help us continue the ground-breaking research and support people affected by blood cancer at a time when they need us most.
This is what your support can do
£30 could allow researchers to use a ‘cell sorter’ for 1 hour, which sorts cells based on their size and shape. This separates the cells for testing and helps scientists work out the best way to target them with drugs. This could help develop treatments to save the lives of people with difficult to treat blood cancers.
£45 could enable our blood cancer support team to provide emotional and practical support to someone affected by blood cancer via the phone, email or live chat for one hour.
£100 could support a PhD student for one day to conduct vital research into blood cancers. Without PhD students, we wouldn’t be able to sustain the UK’s world-leading blood cancer research – which we need to keep beating blood cancer