Personal Stories
When a carer becomes a life saving donor

Sarah Clarke was just 23 years old when diagnosed with grade 3 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 1988. Diagnosed with Myelodysplasia just over a decade later, Sarah underwent a stem cell transplant at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, in 1999. Following her own…

October 23, 2017
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Enhancing patient care through the Professor Geoffrey Driscoll Scholarship for Haematology and Related Nursing

Written by Mrs. Jan Driscoll. Professor Geoffrey Driscoll OAM, born 13 March 1947, died at St Vincent’s Hospital on 5 October 2016. Having been immobilised by polio for three years as a young boy, he was no stranger to illness,…

October 23, 2017
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Reflections from Arrow’s small beginnings

By Meredith Ashby (now known as Merri Sheppard) – Arrow’s first Honorary Secretary. Each year, a Christmas party was held for bone marrow patients and the staff at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney. Bone marrow transplants were still in their infancy…

October 23, 2017
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Colleena’s Gift of Friendship

His name was Mischa, a Romanian Gypsy Prince, he assured us. He played the piano like no one I had ever heard before. Skipping from one piece to another, whether classical or musical theatre, he knew every musical score ever…

July 12, 2017
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From Transplant to Twins!

An extract from the speech that Julie Soon gave at the Allan Frenkel Foundation’s 16th annual fundraising dinner party on the 20th June, 2015. Julie is a mother of twin boys, a corporate lawyer, an Arrow director and a past…

June 23, 2017
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Serina Dosen’s story

In August 2002, at the age of 29, Serina Dosen discovered that her flu like symptoms were actually Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML), a life threatening blood cancer that strikes around 900 Australians each year. Today, twelve years after receiving her…

June 23, 2017
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The Balfour family

“If my daddy didn’t have a BMT he would never have known me, and I would never have known him”. On 26 June 2007, my husband, Mark, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia (AML), he was 37 years old and…

June 23, 2017
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Life Cycling

The complications changed my hope to ride the Col du Tourmalet in 2013 so the ride is on 23rd June this year. Initially the ride was going to be my recovery celebration. It soon changed; Life Cycling was born and…

June 23, 2017
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Paul Seshold and Life Cycling

In February 2012, I started getting difficulties. Nothing terribly sinister: tiredness from time to time, mouth ulcers and then the most painful thing of all for a keen cyclist – a boil on the backside. Finally in late March I…

June 23, 2017
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Tracey’s story

Written by Tracey’s mum, Robyn Cross. When my daughter Tracey was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 1998 at age 38, I had not heard of that type of cancer, but her father had died of a glioma, tumour of the…

June 23, 2017
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Lisa Cuthbertson wins big at the World Transplant Games

Arrow director and past bone marrow transplant recipient, Lisa Cuthbertson, returned from the World Transplant Games with a tally of 4 gold and 2 bronze medals, also surviving a protest against her zippered ‘Thorpedo suit’. She’s since bought a new…

June 23, 2017
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‘A Love Story’ by Clare Froggatt
June 23, 2017
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