Fight Cancer Foundation was formed in 1989 as the Bone Marrow Donor Institute (BMDI) by a small group of families devastated by leukaemia with the aim of establishing a donor registry to give hope and save lives.
The group was led by the visionary John Opie AM, whose daughter Karen was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia at age 21 and needed a bone marrow transplant. At that time there was no bone marrow donor registry in Australia, however Karen was fortunate to find a compatible bone marrow donor match in her twin sister Michelle. John met many families who weren’t so lucky and whose only option was to access costly treatment overseas. So John banded together with other desperate families who made it their mission to lobby for a public Australian register to provide all Australians with access to life-saving stem cell transplants.
The legacy of the Opie, Lamers, Lodder, Curle and Boland families continues in Fight Cancer Foundation’s mission to give hope and save lives.