Community generosity funds more than $210,000 for clinical research nurses
It was truly A Bloody Great Night Out! with more than $216,000 raised to support world-leading blood cancer clinical trials at Concord Hospital.
The generosity of the 770 people who attended the dinner dance at Lilyfield’s Le Montage will fund two clinical research nurses for 12 months.
“This will mean that more patients with life-threatening blood cancers can participate in our clinical trials and access millions of dollars worth of innovative medicines, long before they are publicly funded,” Professor Judith Trotman, Head of the Department of Haematology at Concord Hospital, said.
The Clinical Research Unit was established in 2005 and is the largest clinical research unit for blood cancers in NSW.
“For many patients, participating in a clinical trial is their only hope for a cure, and a better quality of life,” Professor Trotman said.
A highlight of the night was the official launch of the Foundation for a Bloody Great Cause. Chief Executive of Sydney Local Health District, Dr Teresa Anderson AM, kicked in $15,000 on behalf of the District.
Chair of the Bloody Great Committee and local business leader, Marie Piccin, said the money raised far exceeded the $160,000 target. A final push for an additional $24,000 will mean a third clinical research nurse can be funded.
“So we are pushing on with our call for donations in the hope we get that last $24,000 in,” Ms Piccin said.
The Clinical Research Unit is headed by Dr Jane Estell and Dr Shona Childs and includes eight haematologists, two research fellows, six data managers, and four research nurses, along with the laboratory, nursing, pharmacy and clerical staff.
Since 2005, more than 600 hundred patients have participated in clinical trials, giving them access to cutting-edge medicines, but there are many more patients with leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma who need help.
To find out more about blood cancer clinical trials at Concord Hospital and to donate see https://www.abloodygreatnightout.com.au/donate-now. You can also view an image gallery here.
Photographs: Nick Bourdaniotis