"At the beginning of this year I was diagnosed with a rare form of Leukaemia, called Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia (CML). Before 2000 my prognosis would have been very different to today, with an average life span of 3-6 years. 3-6 years! Whenever I read this I can’t help but feel incredibly lucky and forever thankful for the research into blood cancers. Although CML is not currently curable, my treatment now only consists of a daily pill! I was so surprised when I was told this treatment even existed, assuming I would have to undergo fully fledged chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant. Unlike conventional chemotherapy drugs, this ‘magic bullet’ drug targets the cancer cells, while leaving healthy cells alone. Not only has this changed my own life, and many others, but has also been described as the dawn of targeted cancer treatment.
Unfortunately there are so many types of blood cancer still affecting and taking many lives and it’s charities like Bloodwise that have helped fund the research for treatments like mine. Therefore I’m so proud to be able to support Bloodwise by doing something I love. 50% of all sales from this exhibition are going to Bloodwise. Donations will:
fund research into cures, for every type of blood cancer
develop better tests, so people can get a quicker, more accurate diagnosis
help us raise awareness of blood cancer
provide expert information and practical support, for every person affected by blood cancer
We all have our mountains to climb, usually mine are drawings, but as I conquer my own metaphorical mountain, I’m forever thankful that I can enjoy the view on the climb, that my heart is still beating, and life is still there to be lived. Getting cancer is very unlucky and I wouldn’t wish it on anyone, but I’m also finding this experience strangely positive, making me cherish everything I have, living life to the full and fighting for the things I believe in."
Bloodwise are proud and honoured to have been chosen to benefit from Sam Gare’s inspiring artwork at the upcoming charity sale hosted by Curious Duke. Sam’s support will allow us to continue to invest in cutting-edge research that brings the most benefit for blood cancer patients and ultimately ensure that more people diagnosed with a blood cancer are surviving.
Ben Sykes, South West Regional Manager for Bloodwise
Curious Duke and Samantha Gare are really pleased to announce 'MIGHT' an exhibition raising money for Bloodwise, a charity that funds world leading research and offers expert information and support to anyone affected by one of the 137 different types of blood cancer.
50% of all sales will go towards Bloodwise.