A Portadown student has secured a high-profile summer internship with blood cancer charity Leukaemia & Lymphoma NI.
Sarah White, who has been studying at Queen’s University for three years, has been selected to help research causes and cures of leukaemia. Three people are diagnosed with a blood cancer, such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma, every day in Northern Ireland.
Sarah said, “My project is investigating new targets in leukaemia. My interest in this area stems from the recent passing of my uncle and a friend.
“This has inspired me to get involved with Leukaemia & Lymphoma NI and I am delighted to have the chance to work on potentially life-saving research.”
Leukaemia & Lymphoma NI is the only charity in Northern Ireland solely dedicated to blood cancer research. Blood cancers are the third leading cause of cancer death in the region.
Professor Ken Mills, head of the Blood Cancer Research Group in the Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology, said, “This innovative summer research studentship demonstrates that Leukaemia & Lymphoma NI is committed to using the latest technologies to communicate with potential supporters and increase fundraising donations.
“This, in turn, allows the charity to continue supporting the blood cancer research scientists and doctors of the future, to ensure that Northern Ireland is at forefront of global blood cancer research.”
Mr Bill Pollock, chair of Leukaemia & Lymphoma NI, said, “We are proud and privileged to support a dedicated team of investigators and scientists who are at the cutting edge of research into the causes and cure of blood cancers in Northern Ireland.
“The enthusiastic fundraising of our branches, together with the generous support of relatives and friends of patients affected by blood cancers, is much needed and appreciated.”