UTB 24 Hour Row

By Alyssa Clark

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I’ve taken a stand against blood cancer.

We are holding the BIGGEST fundraiser we ever have right here at UTB MENAI.
24 hours of non stop rowing.
Celebration/fundraising SUNDAY MORNING 8-10am to watch us cross the finish line with Jess
1 hour pp
4 rowers available
WE CANNOT WAIT!
All funds going to the leukaemia foundation! Read below for more info about one of our incredible members Jess, the main reason we have decided to support this foundation.
"In 2008 at the age of 23, my life took an unexpected and life-changing turn. I was diagnosed with a rare type of leukaemia, known as Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia or CML. CML is a type of cancer that affects the blood and bone marrow. In CML the bone marrow produces too many white cells which gradually crowd the bone marrow, interfering with normal blood cell production. I had been experiencing extreme fatigue, some unusual bruising on my body and getting colds frequently in the months leading up to my diagnosis.
9 months out from getting married, I was devastated with this news. Fortunately for me, only 5 years earlier had a new type of target chemotherapy drug been developed called Glivec. This drug has changed the course of my disease greatly, giving hope and a brighter future to sufferers. Previously this disease had a 5 year survival rate of only 30%. Because of Glivec and other newer similar drugs that have been developed since, the 5-10 year survival rate has jumped to 90%. I have taken this drug every day for 11 years and need to continue treatment to keep going - unfortunately there is no cure for this disease.
My hope is that more treatments can become available which may provide a cure in the future, or more alternative drugs could be available as the efficacy of the drugs don’t always work, or may not work long term for some patients. I also hope that there can be more effective treatments for the more aggressive types of blood cancer which sadly affect children in particular.
The Leukaemia Foundation is a national organisation which supports the 110,000 Australians currently living with blood cancer, which includes leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma.
They are heavily involved in scientific research to deliver advancements in the diagnosis and treatment of blood cancer, also giving Australians treatments to global clinical trials.
Their big goal is to make sure zero lives are lost to blood cancer by 2035.
I am very grateful to you for reading my story and supporting this wonderful organisation through this generous fundraiser at UTB. Just remember, there is always hope for a brighter future.
Jessica Soulantzos Xxxxxxx"

My Achievements

Congrats! You've hit your goal!

$80 raised - you've given a family a night of emergency accommodation!

You've covered genetic testing!

You've given a family a whole weeks accommodation near treatment

$1,000 raised - you've made a tube gene test with state-of-the-art-technology possible

You've covered 3 months of lab costs for vital blood cancer research

You've fund life changing research for 3 months

Thank you to my Supporters

$100

Tony Kotevski

Nice one Johnny Petkovski, im coming to watch you, every dollar helps come on guys

$31.32

Anonymous

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Anonymous

$83.52

Anonymous

Good luck muchachose

$31.32

Anonymous

Such an amazing cause.

$55.33

Taleb Hammoud

What a great cause, close to our family’s hearts ♥️

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Anonymous

Such a great cause!

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Brooke Brindle

$104.40

Robyn Clark

Go Clarks Row Well

$52.20

Anne And Pernilla Watson

Thank you to the UTB Team for organising and supporting such an incredible cause. All the best beautiful Jess xx

$31.32

Kereen Hemphill

$83.52

Reem

Thanks Lys for organising this great cause, and I wish you all the best Jess with your journey your are a strong Woman xxx

$30

Kelly Guy

Such an incredible cause the studio is getting behind! Big love to Jess ♥️

$50

Michaela Mitchell

Such a worthy cause. Xx

$100

Song

As alway Lys, passionate about a cause. Thank you Jess for sharing your story xx

$31.32

Sarah Walker

Well done Jess x

$30

Effie

Great cause UTB. All the best Jess!

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Anna Moram

$104.40

Bronwyn Grogan

Fundraising for a great cause.

$30

Tracy

All the best to Jess and the crew for raising much needed funds for this great cause, keep fighting Jess, you are amazing.xx

$55.33

Rakhee And Jujhar Toki

Jo, You are such an inspiration! To Jess, we wish you well and all the best in fighting this challenge, keep fighting ♥️

$31.32

Christina

So proud of you Jess and so many inspiring people around you 😘🤩

$52.20

Jenni Boesen

$104.40

Jessica Soulantzos

Thank you to Alyssa, Stef, Jan, Lachy and all of the beautiful members and friends of UTB. Let’s raise some funds for research for the many sufferers out there of this horrible disease which affects young and old. Much gratitude.

$83.52

Bally

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Anonymous

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Jo Nitis

Wonderful cause Lys! And Jess, you continue to inspire us every day!!

$30

Isabella Russell

Beautiful message. Good luck 🤍