|Dear Valley Chamber of Commerce
By the end of today, 35 Australians will be given the devastating diagnosis of blood cancer or a related blood disorder. For these 35 Aussies, life will be turned on its head. Husbands, wives, mothers, fathers and friends will struggle to find out what this actually means for their loved one. For those living in rural and regional areas, it will mean upping anchor and getting to city-based treatment within 24 hours. Where will they live? How long will treatment take? How will the family stay together?
As a haematology nurse throughout the 70s and 80s and a longstanding Board member with the Leukaemia Foundation, I’ve seen first-hand the impact of blood cancer. When I started out, care for leukaemia patients was isolating and treatment drugs caused dreadful side effects.
Today, blood cancer survival rates are growing, and treatment is vastly improved, but blood cancer remains a scary diagnosis. Take it from me lymphoma and breast cancer in 2013 but now in remission.
People with blood cancer still need every bit of practical support we can offer. Sadly, an Australian loses their life to blood cancer every two hours. The Leukaemia Foundation’s quest to improve survival remains as strong as ever.
That’s why I’ve decided to shave and raise $20,000 in this, the 20th year of the World’s Greatest Shave.
I invite you to shave and meet this fundraising target. To mark the 20th anniversary, CEOs, managing directors and senior executives from across the country will come together to support children, teenagers and adults living with blood cancer. I invite you to join me in making a difference in the lives of people with a blood cancer and their family.
$20,000 will be a significant contribution to our vision to cure, mission to care.
It’s not just about the money. Your pledge to shave means so much more than becoming follicly-challenged.
As a respected business leader, you can help us shake up the discussion about supporting people with blood cancer. Every 41 minutes, an Australian is diagnosed with a blood cancer or related disorder, claiming more lives than breast cancer and melanoma.
The time for action is now – will you help?
I look forward to hearing from you and hope you decide to join me in this exciting project.
Bev Mirolo, OAM