Mary's driven to help others beat blood cancer
Publish Date: 4/9/2017
Mary Wiggers was so thankful for the Leukaemia Foundation’s support after her husband’s blood cancer diagnosis, she volunteered to help get others to their life-saving medical appointments.
Mary’s husband, John, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) in September 2012. AML is characterised by an overproduction of immature white blood cells, called myelo blasts or leukaemic blasts. These cells crowd the bone marrow, preventing it from making normal blood cells. The immaturity of the cells means they are unable to function properly to prevent or fight infection.
“The Leukaemia Foundation gave us information about my husband’s disease and helping us out when we needed to get to appointments,” said Mary, who had to give up work to care for John.
Because of this comprehensive support, Mary felt compelled “to give something back”.
“As a driver you’re not just getting people to and from their treatment; it’s a time to share the experience they’re going through, to offer a friendly ear, or just a bit of company at a dark time,”she said.
“Blood cancer hits people from all walks of life. It’s never a nice thing for people to go through, so I am glad I can help in this little way by easing the pressure on them and their family.
"John is “not out of the woods”, but his blood cancer is being managed well and not impacting on his quality of life."
For more information about how you can volunteer and help others affected by blood cancer, visit our Volunteer page.