Since 1998, the World's Greatest Shave has raised over $300 million to fund blood cancer research and expert Leukaemia Foundation support. That's bloody beautiful.
You'll change the lives of Australians facing blood cancer
Beth had recently graduated from university and was looking forward to starting her teaching career when a blood cancer diagnosis changed everything.
"Just one day after a bone marrow biopsy, the doctor entered my room and told me that I had acute myeloid leukaemia,” recalls Beth.
The Leukaemia Foundation supported Beth and her family during this challenging time, providing home-away-from-home accommodation near the hospital.
Beth also had regular touchpoints with Alisha, her Leukaemia Foundation Blood Cancer Support Coordinator, to help navigate her blood cancer experience.
“We would have been lost without the support of the Leukaemia Foundation. It was also nice to be surrounded by people who understood what you were going through and genuinely cared.”
Parents Chris and Sarina Dodd didn't know what was going to happen to their family of four after Chris's blood cancer diagnosis. They needed to be together, but Chris's best chance of surviving blood cancer was treatment 11 hours away from home.
A Leukaemia Foundation apartment in Brisbane near the hospital meant the whole family was united during the toughest time of their lives.
“I was absolutely blown away by the accommodation that we were given for absolutely nothing,” says Sarina.
“Having my family there during that time is the reason I'm alive. I could not have done that time without them,” says Chris.
“I owe my life to a community I didn’t really know existed before I got sick. Thank you to everyone; I will always be grateful.”
Chris and Sarina Dodd
Urvi first connected with the Leukaemia Foundation when her father was diagnosed with blood cancer last year.
“Our family is forever indebted to the Leukaemia Foundation for all the ways they’ve supported us through the very difficult journey we've been going through with Dad's illness. We’ve had to go to Royal Melbourne Hospital over 10 times for hundreds of days, both in the wards and ICU.
When emergency strikes, living next to the hospital in Leukaemia Foundation accommodation is a huge blessing. The Leukaemia Foundation has also provided a beautifully supportive community.”
Urvi Majumdar and her dad
Together, we're working towards a shared goal:
zero lives lost to blood cancer by 2035.
Every dollar you raise gets us closer.
Where your fundraising goes
Big or small, every donation matters – and helps the Leukaemia Foundation support Australians living with blood cancer today, while investing in a better tomorrow.
Last year, the World's Greatest Shave community made this life-changing support possible:
The Leukaemia Foundation
We help Australians with blood cancer. Leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma – every blood cancer matters to us. With the help of our World's Greatest Shave community, we're not stopping until together, we reach the day when zero lives are lost to blood cancer.
Leukaemia Foundation Frequently Asked Questions
What others way can I get involved with the Leukaemia Foundation?
Besides making a hairy sacrifice in the World's Greatest Shave, you can support Australians facing blood cancer in so many other wonderful ways. Here are a few
- Make a donation
- Join The Giving Cell, our passionate community of Leukaemia Foundation regular donors
- Start your own fundraiser
- Leave a gift in your Will
- Donate blood or bone marrow
How does the Leukaemia Foundation help people facing blood cancer?
We're here for anyone with any blood cancer, every step of the way. Leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma – every blood cancer matters to us. We offer life-changing support, fund leading-edge research and campaign for change alongside our community.
Our expert Blood Cancer Support Coordinators provide information, practical support, and emotional care, helping families navigate the rollercoaster of blood cancer. We keep families together when they need each other most, with Leukaemia Foundation accommodation close to hospital. And we help families meet basic costs like putting food on the table, covering rent, or paying bills. Because we want people not just to survive blood cancer, but to thrive.
How does the Leukaemia Foundation support blood cancer research?
Since 2000, we've committed over $60 million to power Australia's brightest blood cancer researchers. We fund the science helping us understand the causes of blood cancer and how it can be diagnosed. And we fund research to develop life-saving new treatments, while giving patients fast access to clinical trials testing the very latest medicines.
What impact has the Leukaemia Foundation made this year?
Our latest Annual Report is a great way to show our tangible impact during the latest financial year. With an army of supporters like our legendary World's Greatest Shave family, we've worked hard to improve the lives of Australians facing leukaemia (leukemia), lymphoma and myeloma.
How will you take part?
Sign up and fundraise as an individual or take part together with others
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