Thank you so much for those people who supported Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand (LBC) at the SKYCITY Dining for a Difference event on 18th October 2018.
Dining for a Difference was a special evening and over $170,000 was raised on the night for blood cancer patients around the country. The wonderful support from people who purchased tickets and also sponsors helped to make this all possible.
One hundred percent of the funds raised go directly to LBC to improve our support services and reach more patients. This enables us to provide emotional and practical support as well as information, education, emergency assistance, advocacy and research investment to find a cure.
CEO Peter Fergusson reminded us in his speech that night that demand for our services is increasing. Which is understandable when one person is diagnosed with a blood cancer every four hours in New Zealand and there are an estimated 21,000 people living with a blood cancer in our country.
While these statistics are startling, it is important to remember there are real people behind these numbers. During the event, we heard Oliver and Mikaela (pictured) tell the heartbreaking story of baby Ambrose who was diagnosed with leukaemia within a few hours of being born. When he was only a few days old Ambrose was facing chemotherapy and an uncertain future. It has been a rollercoaster journey for him and his family and LBC were happy to provide the support they needed. Thankfully Ambrose is now well and we will look forward to helping other patients like him with future events like this.