Cure Leukaemia launches £1m appeal for kids

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Cure Leukaemia launches £1m appeal for kids

Blood cancer charity Cure Leukaemia has launched a £1 million appeal to support children battling with the disease.

The campaign, Cure Leukaemia for Kids, is one of Cure Leukaemia’s biggest initiatives in a year which will also see the charity celebrate its 10th anniversary. Cure Leukaemia for Kids will support Birmingham Children’s Hospital by raising new funding for childhood leukaemia research and facilitate pioneering drug trials that could provide terminally ill children with access to potentially life-saving treatments.

By generating new funds to run more drug trials, Cure Leukaemia for Kids hopes to increase survival rates of children with leukaemia. The campaign has already secured the backing of Free Radio’s Walk for Kids, which takes place on Sunday 19 May 2013.

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Cure Leukaemia founder, Professor Charlie Craddock said:

“Leukaemia is the most common form of cancer in children, and almost half of those diagnosed with the disease are under the age of five. Huge progress in treatment has been made over the past fifty years, and today more than 80% of children diagnosed with the commonest type of childhood leukaemia can be cured. By launching Cure Leukaemia for Kids, we’re joining the fight to save even more young lives by giving children access to ground-breaking drug trials that would otherwise have been unavailable to them.”

James McLaughlin, CEO of Cure Leukaemia, said:

“After a decade of supporting drugs trials and specialist nurses across the West Midlands, we feel very proud to be able to launch Cure Leukaemia for Kids during our tenth anniversary year. The £1million appeal will highlight the importance of giving children the access to new drugs that they desperately need. By offering greater support to children suffering with leukaemia, it is our hope that we can contribute to eradicating this disease.”

For more information visit www.cureleukaemia.co.uk or call 0121 236 9202

For more information on Free Radio’s Walk for Kids or to sign up visit walk.freeradio.co.uk

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