As the COVID-19 situation unfolds, we are all feeling more anxious and fearful. People who are having treatment for blood cancer are amongst the most vulnerable in our communities right now - because chemotherapy makes their immune systems much weaker.
Please will you give an urgent gift today, so people like Jamie receiving life-saving treatment for blood cancer can stay in our safe, clean accommodation and take every precaution against COVID-19?
For Jamie and his family, the anxiety and fear took hold long before the pandemic. It started last year, when he was diagnosed with aggressive blood cancer.
“Jamie started brutal treatment immediately,” said his mum Nicky. “He has been having chemo every ten days. It has knocked out his immune system, so COVID-19 is our worst nightmare. As if blood cancer wasn’t terrifying enough. Now this”.
Chemotherapy has weakened Jamie’s immune system, so he is more likely to pick up any virus. Right now, it is critical for him to further socially distance himself – while continuing his life-saving treatment.
Some can do this by retreating to the safety of their home, going back and forth to hospital to continue their treatment. Jamie can’t go home because he lives far away in a rural community and he must stay within an hour of hospital at all times. Our accommodation is a place where Jamie can take added precautions to stay safe.
With your support, we provide accommodation for families like Jamie’s, who are forced to relocate to access treatment – in 172 ‘homes away from home’ across 12 cities. Right now, your support is needed more than ever.
Please give now, so vulnerable people like Jamie have a 'home away from home' - where he can continue his treatment and take every precaution against COVID-19.