The Arrow Bone Marrow Transplant Foundation is a small charitable foundation that raises money for leukaemia research and provides support to people undergoing leukaemia treatment.

For more than fifteen years the Arrow Bone Marrow Transplant Foundation has financed the Australian Bone Marrow Recipient Register, a unit employing three health professionals who collect, collate and distribute transplant patient data across 37 hospitals in Australia and New Zealand, consolidating this information into an annual report that is used for reference purposes by contributing hospitals, drug companies and other relevant persons in the field.

In past years the Arrow Bone Marrow Transplant Foundation, with funds donated from the Hawkesbury Canoe Classic, has provided financial support to PhD students in the St. Vincent’s Institute researching Graft Versus Host Disease, the major cause of death in post transplant patients. Funding a Senior Research Scientist in the Haematology / Stem Cell Transplant Unit, St Vincent’s Hospital is the Arrow’s newest research initiative.

Leukaemia patients can also use the Foundation’s internet facilities to undertake their own research, monitor trends and developments in research or speak to other patients through the Foundation’s chat line facility.

The Arrow Bone Marrow Transplant Foundation is run by a volunteer board of directors who manage the Foundation, with day to day activities being undertaken by a part-time executive officer.

Representatives from Arrow Bone Marrow Transplant Foundation will be available at the sales tent on Race Day if you would like further information.

You can also obtain information on the Arrow Bone Marrow Transplant Foundation from their web site: www.arrow.org.au.

Arrow’s Lisa Cuthbertson wins big at the World Transplant Games

Arrow director and past bone marrow transplant recipient, Lisa Cuthbertson, has been a long time supporter of the Arrow Bone Marrow Transplant Foundation. Lisa returned from the World Transplant Games with a tally of 4 gold and 2 bronze medals, as well as the satisfaction that comes with taking on a challenge that raises awareness for organ donation – just as the HCC and its paddlers and supporters raise much needed funds and awareness for leukaemia and bone marrow transplantation.

Lisa’s story

Whether from Iceland or Italy, Canada or Kenya, one thing unites participants at the World Transplant Games; an overarching appreciation of life. While a celebration of like-minds, the event is also, and just as importantly, a unique opportunity to advance the cause of organ donation. And the 19th World Transplant Games held in Durbin, South Africa, 28 July – 4 August 2013 was no exception. Over 1200 transplant recipients from 48 countries were running, jumping swimming and of course, dancing up an African storm at the social events.

Australia was represented by a team of 38 transplant recipients, three of whom were bone marrow. These were my 10th World Summer Games and I’ve also gone downhill – albeit in a good way– at four World Winter Games. This special event of competition and camaraderie gives one perspective, brings out a positive sense of play, ignites one’s passion and is a privilege to attend.  I’d encourage anyone with a bone marrow transplant and an interest in sport to consider participating. Seeing this many athletes competing – often at a very competitive level – impresses upon one the exceptional contribution of the medical profession, and I’d like to take this opportunity to say thank you to the members of the St Vincent’s Hospital team, who ensured, some 28 years post bone marrow transplant, that I am alive and kicking  –  literally – in the pool!