When we asked Carol Haberle to nominate a charity for Think Tasmania to support this month, she chose the Leukaemia Foundation of Tasmania with good reason. We thank her for sharing her personal journey as a cancer patient with our readers last week.

Leukaemia Foundation - Carol Haberle
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Carol Haberle pictured at Mt Paris Dam in north east Tasmania

About the Leukaemia Foundation

Before forging ahead with the plan, we spoke with Graeme Petterd, Executive Officer of the David Collins Leukaemia Foundation of Tasmania to discuss the idea and of course, request their permission. Graeme was pleased for the organisation to feature on our website and social media channels, and to share this quote from their own website…

The David Collins Leukaemia Foundation of Tasmania Inc. is a Tasmanian organisation dedicated solely to the cure and care of Tasmanians living with leukaemia, lymphoma and related blood disorders. Since 1980, the Foundation has provided hundreds of patients and their families with care and support through their leukaemia journey, funded research for improvements to treatment and awarded scholarships for professional development of medical staff in Tasmania.

Leukaemia Foundation - Oncology
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Bronwen Neely RHH Oncology Nurse being presented with a Professional
Development Award by the David Collins Leukaemia Foundation of Tasmania

About David Collins

In 1979, when the late David Collins was diagnosed with the disease, no official Tasmanian organisation yet existed to raise funds for leukaemia research or patient support. During his treatment and as his cancer progressed, David Collins proposed the need to establish a dedicated group. Friends and family committed their time and effort voluntarily to the cause.

Leukaemia Foundation - David Collins, Life Members
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Life Members of the David Collins Leukaemia Foundation of Tasmania: Margaret
Baikie, Joan Balon, Beverley Collins and Norm Deane at the 2013 Annual Dinner

The charity (also known as the Leukaemia Foundation of Tasmania) was launched in March 1980, and has since raised $3.6 million with all funds remaining in Tasmania. Money is donated to the cancer wards of Tasmanian hospitals; used to purchase equipment for patient care and to maintain a unit in Lutana to accommodate patients and their families during treatment.

Leukaemia Foundation - Tasmania
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May 2012: President Deirdre Tuck addressing the gathering at the Blessing
and Official Opening of the David Collins Out Patients Oncology Suite
at the Gibson Ward in St John’s Campus Calvary Health Care Tasmania

A new website and social media presence will be established for the foundation in 2014, and we’ll keep you updated with news of the progress. Images supplied by Graeme Petterd, Executive Officer of the David Collins Leukaemia Foundation of Tasmania.

Leukaemia Foundation of Australia

Graeme Petterd was quick to acknowledge the work of the Leukaemia Foundation of Australia, especially in regards to the wonderful care and assistance given to Carol Haberle. They too raise funds and awareness for research, equipment, care and support, working with patients Australia-wide (including those in Tasmania).

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