30 August 2022
Charity of the Year highlight Blood Cancer awareness month
Leukaemia & Lymphoma NI are lighting it up red for Blood Cancer Awareness Month!
September is Blood Cancer Awareness Month and local charity
Leukaemia & Lymphoma NI (LLNI) have launched their annual campaign to help
raise awareness and understanding of these diseases.
Leukaemia & Lymphoma NI have partnered with a number of
councils across the province, to turn civic buildings red on 1st
September. They are also running their annual “Snap & Share, Be Blood
Cancer Aware” campaign, which will see banners and information leaflets distributed
across NI, detailing the symptoms of blood cancer.
By highlighting the notoriously vague symptoms of these
illnesses they hope that the public will be better informed and seek the urgent
advice of their GP or a medical professional. Blood Cancer is the 5th
most common cancer in the UK by diagnosis and the 3rd most fatal,
with approximately 1200 new patients diagnosed in NI each year.
Common symptoms include:
For the past 58 years, Leukaemia & Lymphoma NI has been
the only charity in Northern Ireland dedicated to blood cancer research. Their
mission is to improve outcomes and quality of life for blood cancer patients by
funding laboratory research, education and clinical support.
The charity has invested over £14 million pounds into blood
cancer research in Northern Ireland and they pride themselves on being a small
but efficient organisation funding research that has a global impact.
Chairman Richard Buchanan said “This campaign is a great
opportunity to educate the public on what sort of symptoms to look out for with
this dangerous disease. Research has made significant progress in improving
outcomes for this patient group but there is still more work to be done. We are
dedicated to funding research and clinical support which will have the biggest
impact for patients in NI and further afield.”
The work of Leukaemia & Lymphoma NI would not be possible
without the ongoing support of the public, the charity relies entirely on
donations to fund their research which looks at developing and improving
therapies for patients.
Patron Ken Reid said “The development of new and improved
treatments for blood cancer has provided hope for patients like me. Receiving a
diagnosis of leukaemia left me expecting the worst but I have been lucky enough
to take part in a clinical trial which has kept me alive and able to live in
relative normality. Without charities like LLNI funding this research, these
clinical trials would not exist.”
You can support Leukaemia & Lymphoma NI this Blood
Cancer Awareness Month in a number of ways - follow the charity on social media
and like and share their daily posts throughout September, please ‘snap &
share’ their symptom leaflets and banners and make sure you tag them in any
photos you may have of your local civic buildings lit in red.
Operations Manager Joanne Badger said “Our mission this
month is to make as many people as possible aware of the signs and symptoms of
this dangerous disease. Whilst it can affect patients at any age, it is the
most common cancer for those under 30 so we wanted a campaign that would
particularly educate this group. Anyone experiencing any of the symptoms listed
should contact their GP for a blood test immediately or present to emergency
You can mark Blood Cancer Awareness month and show your
support for patients your own way:
Make a donation
Request an LLNI ‘Home Box’ for free, via their
Get involved in an LLNI sponsored walk this
Host a fundraising event
Make an appointment to donate blood
Register to join the stem cell donor register
Request a supply of symptom leaflets, for
distribution in your local area
For more information on any of the above please visit www.llni.co.uk, email email@example.com or search for ‘Leukaemia
& Lymphoma NI’ on social media.
From left – Director of the Patrick G Johnston Centre for
Cancer Research Chris Scott, LLNI Operations Manager Joanne Badger, LLNI
Chairman Richard Buchanan, LLNI Patron Ken Reid