Our mission is to foster research into a cure for leukaemia and other diseases treatable by bone marrow and stem cell therapy whilst providing support and information to assist patients and their families.
Since Arrow's conception in 1987, medical research has paved the way to major advances in the diagnosis and treatment of leukaemia and a variety of non-malignant disorders treatable by bone marrow and stem cell therapies. Although a growing number of Australians are receiving bone marrow and cell transplants - the good news is that mortality rates are falling.
Arrow is dedicated to funding promising medical research projects and supporting patients with a range of services both during and after treatment.
Targeting a cure
Arrow provides funding for a research scientist within the Blood Stem Cell and Cancer Research Unit at St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney. Current research focuses on a newly discovered "gene switch" that regulates cell death in cancer.
Supporting our future scientists
Through our scholarship program, Arrow supports PhD students from all over Australia to assist with their leukaemia and stem cell research projects.
Advancing medical research
MicroRNAs are recently discovered small regulatory genes which can contribute to the development of leukaemia and other cancers. The Blood Stem Cell and Cancer Research Unit, St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney, thanks to ongoing funding from Light the Night, has pinpointed several microRNAs that may potentially work as new disease markers and therapeutic targets for customised treatment.
Researching the long-term effects of transplant
Arrow has part funded the cancer after stem cell transplantation (CAST) study undertaken by the Australasian Bone Marrow Recipient Registry (ABMTRR) and the Children's Cancer Institute Australia (CCIA) to link a collection of transplant risk factor data for unbiased estimates of the incidence and risk factors for survival and new malignancies for recipients of allogeneic stem cell transplants.
Wigs for cancer patients
Hair loss is often one of the most emotionally distressing side effects of chemotherapy. Arrow's Tracey Scone Wig Library offers cancer patients the opportunity to borrow a wig completely free of charge for the duration of treatment.
Help with the cost of travel
Arrow offers financial assistance to patients, carers and bone marrow donors experiencing difficulties meeting the cost of travel for transplant and post transplant treatment.
A place to stay
With the financial support of the Hawkesbury Canoe Classic and the family and friends of Katherine Robertson, Arrow fully funded the refurbishment of Arrow House, a home away from home for patients undergoing treatment, and their families. Arrow House is located in Darlinghurst, Sydney.
Opportunities for nurses
Each year, Arrow offers nursing scholarships to registered nurses employed in the field of blood and marrow transplantation and paediatric oncology.
Arrow is committed to giving nurses the opportunity to advance their education through a scholarship with the College of Nursing in the following specialty areas: Chemotherapy and other Systemic Treatments in Cancer Care; Blood & Marrow Transplantation; Haematology Nursing; Paediatric Oncology Nursing.
Transplant information for patients and carers
Arrow supports patients and carers by sponsoring patient information seminars and comprehensive guides on the transplant process. These give patients considering a transplant the opportunity to make informed decisions.