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Roy's Sutho Charity Walk - Sunday, 14 Nov 2021

Supporting Arrow Bone Marrow Transplant Foundation

Arrow Bone Marrow Transplant Foundation

Improving lives through research and care

I was aiming to walk this year’s 11km Sutherland 2 Surf to raise funds for Arrow Bone Marrow Transplant Fpoundation, and in particular the GAMBIT project (more below) - however with COVID the walk has been cancelled. So....I am planning my own walk. Still raising funds for Arrow, but instead of the 11km Suth2Surf walk, I am planning a longer cross-LGA trek - my"Shire Border Bash", a circa 15km walk from one side (Menai) to the other (North Cronulla). The big day is secheduled for Sunday 14 November.

Not having walked anywhere near that far pre-diagnosis, I have to say this is a touch daunting – but the cause is worth the commitment. If I can improve the chances of the next person who may have to fight off this insidious disease, and others like it, then I have “paid it forward”.

I apologise for sharing another medical research story, but this is something quite personal as those that know me will understand. In September 2017, I was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive blood cancer and a key part of my treatment was a bone marrow transplant I had in February 2018. I am now in a very lucky position. I say lucky as it was more by luck than good management – that I was diagnosed at all; that I was diagnosed in the short window after the disease was detectable but before it had spread deeper; that medical research had progressed in two key areas over just the last few years (i) a drug without which my prognosis was at best dire, and (ii) advances in BMT research allowing my son to be my donor, prior to which I would have had either no treatment option or would have had a far higher risk of failure.

The GAMBIT project is supported by Arrow. It is being led by my life saving Professor David Ma, and aims to develop new diagnostic tests to enable early detection, if not prediction, of blood cancers as well as new targeted therapies to prevent or treat them. Being able to detect early, if not predict blood cancer, as well as facilitating new targeted therapies, will assist in reducing the reliance on ‘luck’. It will not just benefit blood cancers however – other blood disorders, autoimmune disorders, heart disease and stroke, and metabolic diseases like type II diabetes will also benefit.

If you feel you can, any support will be greatly appreciated.


Each year, thousands of Australians are diagnosed with leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma, and many more are diagnosed with autoimmune diseases such as MS, blood diseases like anaemia and other non-malignant diseases. In many cases, a bone marrow or stem cell transplant offers the best prospect of recovery. Arrow is the only charity in Australia dedicated to helping bone marrow transplant patients. For over 30 years, Arrow has funded lifesaving research into bone marrow and stem cell therapies that may lack mainstream funding, whilst providing support for patients and their carers through treatment and beyond.

Arrow is dedicated to helping medical researchers find better treatments for diseases treatable by bone marrow transplants. Arrow does not receive any government funding and relies on the generosity of its supporters. As a small organisation, with just two part-time staff and a voluntary board of directors, all contributions go directly towards their vital work.

Help to reach the goal of $3,000

$2,308 raised

Time left

Ends on 31/12/2021 at 5:00 PM

Donations Received

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Well done Roy for setting yourself a great challenge to raise funds for Arrow!
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Go you good thing!!!! Xxx
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Good Luck
Logo Photo Kaye Gillum
Go Roy
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Super effort Roy, Enjoy the walk.
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Logo Photo Neil Croker
Good Luck, you’ll smash it. See you at the start and finish line
Logo Photo Bruce Whitehouse
Walk long Ferris!
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A fantastic cause Roy! Good luck for the walk love from the Lee family
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Good luck Roy. Please try and not trip over
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So grateful to medical research that I will have you around for another 37 years of friendship... and so proud of you for being proactive in helping others to have a fighting chance. With you every step of the way x

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