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Nat and Rubys skydive for Els

Fundraising for Blood Cancer UK
raised of £2,000 target
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Blood Cancer UK

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We fund research and provide support to improve blood cancer patients' lives


What can i say about Ellie, my bestest friend in the whole world?  The girl who would light up a room with her contagious laugh, had the most gorgeous smile and had the purest heart, regardless of what she was going through. 

The last few years were difficult for Els as she had to go through so much. However, through everything she was still able to be so brave and,  like she always did, thought of others before herself…. she was such a kind hearted person that only wanted the best for everyone. 

Ellie loved life and wanted to experience everything that came her way.  I know our life as best friends would’ve been full of fun, laughs,  adventures & weird new things that we wanted to do together (and some she would eventually convince me to do🤣) …so doing a skydive is a perfect example of something she would have convinced me to do & laugh at me the whole way down!  

I wish more than anything that she was here with us, I think of Ellie in everything I do and miss her more than words could explain, but if not with Ellie, then for Ellie ….like she would want us to do ❤️

Ellie’s family’s story:

As a family, we were blessed to have our beautiful Ellie for 18 years so we set out to honour her life by raising £18,000. We reached this target within 6 months so have increased our target to £50,000. Any funds raised will go towards research into Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML) through Blood Cancer UK. Ellie was diagnosed with AML in October 2020 which carries a less than 20% five year survival rate. Her treatment was incredibly brutal and even if her stem cell transplant had been successful, she would have been left with a lifetime of health problems. Although some types of Leukaemia currently carry survival rates of over 90%, this is not the case for AML and those diagnosed deserve to have hope for a happy and healthy future.The first £16,000 we have raised was directed towards the VICTOR Clinical Trial for AML run by Dr Dillon who Ellie was under at Guy's Hospital. Ellie received this drug but sadly it didn't work for her, our hope is that this research will be able to predict what types of AML it will work for in the future. We are now directing further funds raised towards a research project into AML by Dr Neil Rodrigues at Cardiff University. Dr Rodrigues and his team have identified a key molecule involved in the normal function of blood cells and have found that the levels of this molecule are lower than they should be in people who have AML. They think that by raising the levels of this molecule, they might be able to restore the normal functions of blood cells. Ultimately, this could provide people with AML with a new treatment option and improve the chance of survival for people with the disease.Ellie raised over £20,000 for various charities throughout her treatment. We would like to use this fund to continue her incredible legacy and play our part in helping researchers find kinder and more effective treatments for AML. We hope that our fundraising will contribute towards the day when no one loses a loved one to this awful disease. We know that nothing we can do will bring Ellie back or fix the heartache that we feel every single day but we know that she would want us to help fund research, in the hope that one day there will be a cure for everyone diagnosed with AML.

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Blood Cancer UK

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We're dedicated to beating blood cancer. We fund research and support those affected. Since 1960, we've invested over £500 million in blood cancer research, transforming treatments and saving lives. The day we beat blood cancer is now in sight and our researchers are determined to finish the job.

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