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Artist, Explorer, Environmentalist

MIGHT - an exhibition supporting Bloodwise

At the beginning of this year I was diagnosed with a rare form of Leukaemia, called Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia (CML). Before 2000 my prognosis would have been very different to today, with an average life span of 3-6 years. 3-6 years! Whenever I read this I can’t help but feel incredibly lucky and forever thankful for the research into blood cancers. Although CML is not currently curable, my treatment now only consists of a daily pill! I was so surprised when I was told this treatment even existed, assuming I would have to undergo fully fledged chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant. Unlike conventional chemotherapy drugs, this ‘magic bullet’ drug targets the cancer cells, while leaving healthy cells alone. Not only has this changed my own life, and many others, but has also been described as the dawn of targeted cancer treatment.

Unfortunately, there are so many types of blood cancer still affecting and taking many lives, as well as thousands of people living with the illness. I wanted to do something to help, even in a little way, and it was out of that that 'MIGHT' was created. In July this year the Curious Duke Gallery and I put on an exhibition of my work raising money for Bloodwise, a charity that funds world leading research and offers expert information and support to anyone affected by one of the 137 different types of blood cancer. 50% of all sales from this exhibition went to Bloodwise and we raised just under £3000, amazing result! Thank you everyone for your support!

Your money helped:

• fund research into cures, for every type of blood cancer

• develop better tests, so people can get a quicker, more accurate diagnosis

• help us raise awareness of blood cancer

• provide expert information and practical support, for every person affected by blood cancer

We all have our mountains to climb, usually mine are drawings, but as I conquer my own metaphorical mountain, I’m forever thankful that I can enjoy the view on the climb, that my heart is still beating, and life is still there to be lived. Getting cancer is very unlucky and I wouldn’t wish it on anyone, but I’m also finding this experience strangely positive, making me cherish everything I have, living life to the full and fighting for the things I believe in.