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.
Established in 1987, the Arrow Bone Marrow Transplant Foundation (Arrow) is today the only national charity that aims to improve the survival and quality of life for patients with blood diseases treatable by bone marrow and blood stem cell transplants and provide support for their carers in Australia
by – funding research projects
by – providing vital support to patients, their carers and families
by – improving patient care through specialised education and skills development for nurses and other health staff.
Arrow was originally formed to finance the Australasian Bone Marrow Transplant Recipient Registry (ABMTRR) - a unit that collects, collates and distributes transplant patient data across 37 hospitals in Australia and New Zealand. The unit produces an annual report of consolidated data that is a vital reference source for hospitals, pharmaceutical companies and researchers.
Over the past 30 years Arrow’s work has expanded to include medical research, and patient support services including the: Tracey Scone Wig Library; Arrow House for the families and carers of patients who come from regional areas or interstate for bone marrow transplant treatment; emergency financial assistance such as petrol and grocery cards; travel assistance and patient information.
For over two decades, the Hawkesbury Canoe Classic (HCC) has been the major supporter of Arrow, having donated almost 3.7 million to Arrow since 1994. With support from the HCC, Arrow funds Dr. Melinda Tursky, research scientist at the Blood, Stem Cell and Cancer Research Unit at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney; PhD scholarship students studying the field of bone marrow transplantation and leukaemia, and the purchase of vital medical research equipment.
For more information visit: www.arrow.org.au
Arrow has deductible gift recipient (DGR) status as issued by the ATO. Registered charity number: CFN 10184. ABN: 42 135 196 244.