The Inspiration

A very special person continues to be our inspiration. Scarlett was first diagnosed with ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia) in January 2011, and remains under treatment at the time of writing.

The way in which Scarlett and her whole family have faced this horrendous disease has humbled us all. Their courage, bravery and resilience continues to propel us onwards with our fundraising. The fact that in the face of great adversity they have created and continued with such a special entity as Scarlett’s Dragons, with the sole purpose of raising money for Bloodwise, demonstrates an amazing ability to think of others despite their own situation.

Scarlett’s parents, Dan and Bryony have been, and remain, staunch supporters of research into the treatment and prevention of blood cancers, which is why we remain so focused in our support of Bloodwise.

The Impact

Funds raised by Scarlett’s Dragons mean that Bloodwise can keep investing in vital research – the more we raise, the more lives Bloodwise can save.

To put some perspective on how our contribution can help:

  • £100 buys a kit which will allow DNA to be extracted from 100 patient samples so the doctors can see if the DNA has any faults.
  • £1,000 buys a microcentrifuge for separating very small amounts of genetic material or proteins from cells.
  • £8,000 buys a cryogenic freezer (which is filled with liquid nitrogen) to preserve cells and DNA for future use. This can be for future transplants or future research work on rare samples.
  • £40,000 buys a machine to analyse the DNA of leukaemia cells and identify changes in the genetic code.
  • £40,000 pays for a post-doctoral scientist to work in laboratory for one year.
  • £196,000 pays for an ‘Image Analysis’ system used by researchers looking in detail at the faulty chromosomes in cells found in leukaemia and related diseases.
  • £250,000 funds a three year project for clinicians to study for a PhD, using their clinical knowledge to enhance the research work.

We want to see a day when no one has to go through the pain and distress of being diagnosed with any form of blood cancer. Together we can work to support Bloodwise to find the day that this wish will become a reality.

The History

Scarlett’s Dragons was devised over a beer with friends on Boxing Day 2013. Dan bravely suggested that a number of us should do the Blenheim Triathlon. That was a team of 4 there and then.

A few days later we were 15, and within a few weeks Scarlett’s Dragons was a team of 22 super keen, largely naïve guys willing to take on the challenge of Blenheim. From the training and socialising, a real identity and community was created, as well as over £130,000 being raised.

All of this was made possible due to Dan’s determination and Scarlett’s inspiration. In 2014, Dan once again spearheaded the effort and attracted a number in excess of 160 starters to participate in the 2014 Blenheim Triathlon. With such great support the team surpassed the tremendous effort of 2013 and raised over £260,000 in support of Bloodwise.

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