About the Leukaemia Foundation
The Australian charity stopping blood cancer from wrecking lives.

Supporting those impacted by Blood Cancer

The Leukaemia Foundation offers expert support, funds leading-edge research and campaigns to make change for Australians facing blood cancer. Our movement began in the seventies, when a small band of people realised more could be done to save lives from a type of blood cancer called leukaemia. 

Now there are more than one hundred different types of blood cancer and related blood disorders, including the more well-known cancers called lymphoma and myeloma. We may have Leukaemia in our name, but we exist for every Australian diagnosed with any type of blood cancer and while blood cancer continues to wreck lives, that won’t change. 

Our bold goal is zero lives lost to blood cancer by 2035.

Blood cancer does not discriminate

Blood cancer can develop in anyone, anywhere, anytime — from young infants and adolescents to adults of all backgrounds and genders. 

Today, another 50 Australians will be told the heartbreaking news that they’ve been diagnosed with a blood cancer, joining more than 110,000 people living with the devastating impact of Australia’s second most diagnosed cancer. 

A range of things affect someone’s chance of surviving blood cancer, and it can be incurable. 

Sadly, another 15 Australians lose their life to blood cancer each and every day. 

The Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave

World’s Greatest Shave is one of Australia’s most well-loved fundraising campaigns and the Leukaemia Foundation’s largest fundraising event with over 20,000 Aussies taking part each year. 

For 24 years, selfless individuals, teams, schools, and workplaces have raised money to shave, colour or cut their hair — making it their mission to beat blood cancer. 

Money raised through campaigns such as World’s Greatest Shave allows the Leukaemia Foundation to offer expert support and fund leading-edge research to make a change for Australians facing blood cancer. 

The Leukaemia Foundation provides support through: 

  • Personalised support from the Leukaemia Foundation’s highly trained Blood Cancer Support Coordinators for patients and their loved ones alongside a range of health and wellbeing services. 

  • Accommodation near major hospitals around Australia and help to get to and from the many appointments that come with a blood cancer diagnosis. 

  • Trusted Information to empower people to navigate the road ahead, including critical education, support groups, booklets, newsletters, and online information. 

How we put your funds to work last year

The Leukaemia Foundation relies on the support of generous people in our community and those who have chosen to brave the shave. In the last year, participants of World’s Greatest Shave have helped fund the following: 

733 rural and regional families kept together during treatment

39,393 nights of accommodation provided near hospital

Transportation provided to 392 patients attending medical appointments

150 patients taking part in 7 clinical trials supported by the Leukaemia Foundation

What can I do to help? 

Sign up now to make 2022 the year you brave the shave!

Take part