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Life changing Young Bloods program for blood cancer patients starts in the Central Coast

The initiative has had success in Sydney at helping young cancer patients get their lives back on track.

Wednesday, 18 October, 2017

Children, adolescents and young adults affected by a blood cancer diagnosis now have access to vital support through The Leukaemia Foundation’s ‘Young Bloods’ program, supported by a $65,000 grant from the Foundation.

Young Bloods is an initiative of The Leukaemia Foundation and until now it was only available in Sydney. Thanks to the grant, Young Bloods will be available across five centres in regional NSW providing physical, psychosocial and educational support to people aged 25 and younger, helping them overcome life-changing circumstances caused by blood cancer. 

The Leukaemia Foundation General Manager Philip Gibson said the after-effects of a blood cancer diagnosis could be difficult for everyone in the family, particularly kids.

"Coping with situations such as keeping up with academic progress and relating to friends in the school yard, when transitioning back into regular life, can be particularly challenging for people diagnosed with a blood cancer as well as their siblings," Mr Gibson said. 

"This program provides help in the form of financial grants paid to families to use for external services such as psychologists, academic tutoring and personal training programs or any avenue of support they may need."

"We’re thrilled to be able to support youth affected by blood cancer in regional NSW. The grant from the Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation will allow us to meet the needs of 70 or more young people in regional NSW over the next 12-months."

A young woman and an older woman
Danica with Foundation Director Julie Ainsworth.

"Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation is committed to improving the lives of young people in regional areas and Young Bloods can make a substantial difference."

Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation Chairman Phil Neat

Young Bloods is a proven initiative with benefits like better academic performance, lower stress, greater self-esteem, lower rates of depression, and overall, a level of resilience to get life back on track after a blood cancer diagnosis.

Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation Chairman Phil Neat said Young Bloods was an important resource for young people affected by a blood cancer diagnosis on the Central Coast.  

"We’re pleased to be able to bring such a significant program to key centres across regional NSW, including the Central Coast, and provide opportunities to those who previously wouldn’t have access to important rehabilitation services due to financial hardship," Phil said. 

"Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation is committed to improving the lives of young people in regional areas and Young Bloods can make a substantial difference," he said.

The Leukaemia Foundation is the only national not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the care and cure of patients and families living with a blood cancer such as leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and other related blood disorders through providing a range of support services at no charge.

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