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Poignant ‘faces of blood cancer’ art exhibition pops-up at shopping centre

One-week exhibition tells stories of six Northern Ireland cancer survivors

A portrait exhibition featuring blood cancer survivors from Northern Ireland is set to be exhibited at Rushmere Shopping Centre for one week only.

Six people have shared their story as part of Leukaemia and Lymphoma NI’s awareness campaign – My Lasting Impression – which celebrates the lives of those who have fought blood cancers and are now living life to the full.

Fine art graduates from Ulster University were commissioned to create the portraits featuring in a major fundraising campaign for the local charity.

Joanne Badger from Leukaemia and Lymphoma NI said, “The My Lasting Impression fundraising campaign has been running throughout 2018 showcasing the portraits and stories of blood cancer survivors in Northern Ireland.

“From a mother of two, a dad-to-be and a retired lecturer they all share their journey in the fight against cancer.

“Residents of Craigavon now have the opportunity to view the works of art up close and read their stories.”

The exhibition runs from November 19 until 25.

Martin Walsh, manager at Rushmere Shopping Centre, added: “We are really happy to be hosting the My Lasting Impression portrait exhibition.

“Many of us know someone who is going through cancer and it is unbelievable how much research can change someone’s life.”

For the 99 people diagnosed with blood cancer every month in Northern Ireland, they know the fear that comes with this news – will I live to see my daughter get married? Who will take care of my pets if I’m not here? Will I ever become a nurse?

But there is hope. Thanks to scientists based in Belfast, funded by Leukaemia & Lymphoma NI, three out of four people in Northern Ireland diagnosed with blood cancer survive. But for that one in four there’s still work to be done.

Leukaemia and Lymphoma NI is the only local charity entirely dedicated to researching treatments and a cure for blood cancers.  And they still need help.

Please visit www.leukaemiaandlymphomani.org for more information.

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