The Agfest organising committee received 7 outstanding expressions for the 2017 field days and the committee unanimously chose the Leukaemia Foundation as our 'Official Charity 2017'.
About the Leukaemia Foundation
This year, more than 13,000 Australians are expected to be diagnosed with a blood cancer or related blood disorder. Leukaemia, lymphona and myeloma can develop in anyone, of any age, at any time. Blood cancer is now the third most common cause of cancer death in Australia, claming more lives than breast cancer or melanoma.
Although research is improving survival rates, sadly an Australian loses their life to blood cancer every two hours. The Leukaemia Foundation is the only national charity dedicated to helping more Australians survive blood cancer and live a better quality of life.
The Foundation was established by Brisbane haematologist, Dr Trevor Olsen, with the support of Holland Parks Lion Club in 1975. At the time, patients were left to take on the physical and emotional challenges of treatment in isolation, while health professionals did their best to deliver quality care with limited resources. Dr Olsen recognised an urgent need to improve support to patients, families and nursing staff and the Leukaemia Foundation was formed.
Today, the Leukaemia Foundation provides personalised and practical support for blood cancer patients and their loved ones. This support is provided by our extensive team of highly trained Blood Cancer Support Coordinators who are there to help every step of the way.
Our services include infomation, emotional support and advocacy, educational programs to help people live with their disease and safe transport to and from hospital treatment. All services are provided free of charge to patients and families and available in metropolitan, regional and rural areas, in every state and territory, across Australia.
The Foundation also provides access to 'home away from home' accomodation for Tasmanian families required to relocate to Melbourne for as long as it's needed. Our Victorian Patient Accomodation provides these families with one and two bedroom fully furnished apartment, designed to meet the special requirements of blood cancer patients during the many weeks or months they are away from home for treatment.
The Foundation also invests millions of dollars into the work of Australian's leading researches to develop better treatments and cures. We support cutting-edge research in Australian hospitals and research facilities to ensure priority funding for blood cancer research. We firmly believe that one day, everyone with leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and related blood disorders can be cured.