We are a small charity launched in April 2011 in memory of 23 year old Candice Colley who lost her 4 year battle with ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia) in December 2010.
Candice was a remarkable young woman whose courage inspired many people to join the Bone Marrow Register and who wanted to raise awareness about Leukaemia and the need for Bone Marrow Donations.
Whilst she was ill, Candice and her family received a lot of support from organisations such as The Anthony Nolan Trust, CLIC Sargent and Macmillan, however, we also realised that there are gaps in the services that they could provide and needs that weren’t being met by the larger charities.
Candice was determined that when she was better she wanted to raise money to help patients and their families with some of the unexpected minor financial outgoings, which quickly mount and cause unnecessary worry. She wanted to ‘make life a little easier’ for people going through similar illnesses and treatment. Unfortunately, although she had a successful Bone Marrow Transplant, Candice was very weakened by the treatment and eventually couldn’t fight off a lung infection, so she never got to do the fundraising she wanted to do.
Candice’s family and friends are determined to fulfil her dream of helping other people in similar situations, hence The Candice Colley Foundation was launched.
The Foundation aims to help Leukaemia and other blood cancer patients and their families. Our support at the moment focuses on Ward 30 at Arrowe Park Hospital, Wirral and The Bone Marrow Transplant Unit at The Royal Liverpool Hospital; which are the local hospitals which treated Candice.
Kelsey Bishop is celebrating five years Sept. 19 since a bone marrow transplant saved her life following a cancer diagnosis. She recently took a trip to Denmark and visited her donor and wants to raise awareness for the Be The Match registry 💕