Outlander star Sam Heughan announces £225,000 ($299,000) investment in pioneering leukaemia research project
Scottish actor Sam Heughan, star of hit TV series Outlander, has announced that this year’s “My Peak Challenge” campaign has raised a staggering £225,000 ($299,000) for blood cancer charity Bloodwise. The money will help fund a clinical trial that is testing a hugely promising way to treat one of the most aggressive forms of blood cancer, acute myeloid leukaemia (AML).
36-year-old Sam enlisted the help of various partners to launch the second campaign of its kind back in January. Participants were tasked with completing their chosen challenge – from a personal health and fitness target, to learning new skills or taking up a new hobby – during the month of May to raise funds for the charity that Sam has been a staunch supporter of for a number of years.
Thanks to generous donations and sponsorship from people all over the world, combined with sales of the official supporter pack and ‘Prep Programme’ – a 60-day fitness and nutrition online tool – two thirds of the AML clinical trial at the University of Oxford will be funded by My Peak Challenge. The trial, which is testing the drug that was developed in collaboration with Stanford University in California, will for the first time be tested in leukaemia patients.
New Galloway-born Sam says: “My Peak Challenge has created a special community which has led to a real sense of camaraderie between people across the globe, supporting one another to achieve their personal goals, all whilst helping to raise so much money for Bloodwise.
“It’s been brilliant to see this campaign evolve and I am thrilled by the amount it has raised for the charity. Participants have achieved amazing results and broadened their horizons. This will have such an impact on blood cancer research and help improve the lives of patients with one of the most aggressive forms of the disease. We hope to do even more in the future.”
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