Let’s travel back in time to November 2018. Outlander’s Sam Heughan has a big announcement: he’s offering one lucky fan the chance to be his date for My Peak Challenge’s annual gala. Heughligans around the world rejoiced!
Fast forward to today.
Inspired by that special invite, you (yes, YOU) have raised a mind-blowing $2,892,080 to support My Peak Challenge’s chosen charities, Bloodwise and Marie Curie. That’s right, almost three million dollars! Let that sink in.
Now let’s look to the future and to the life-changing/life-saving impact you’ve created for these two amazing nonprofits…
Bloodwise is the UK’s leading blood cancer research charity. They fund world-class research, ensure those affected by blood cancer have access to the right support and campaign for better treatments.
Your donations will allow MPC to continue to fund one of Bloodwise’s critical research projects focused on improving care for children with leukemia. The goal? Developing less toxic therapies and working toward a cure!
To put your generosity in perspective, your donations could pay for a whopping:
500 PET scans
250 focus groups with blood cancer patients
200 vortex mixers
200 gel chamber systems
200 gyratory rockers
A 15 year supply of MACS cell separation kits
A 15 year supply of materials for cell cultures
A Patient Information Team for 5 years
Lab consumables for 10 years
A PhD student’s blood cancer research for 1 year
Marie Curie provides support to people with terminal illnesses and their families. Through expert care, emotional support, research and guidance, they help families make the most of their time together.
Your generous donations will go toward helping families when they needed it most. The funding could amount for:
30,500 hours of care and support to people living with a terminal illness in the comfort of their own home
32 specialist nurses to provide vital end-of-life care to people living with terminal illness
Running all nine of Marie Curie’s hospices for 10 days, which give inpatient and outpatient care to hundreds of people living with terminal illness and their families
So even though you didn’t win the date with Sam, you did send some incredible good into the world. We’re so, so grateful. And we know Sam is too. Thank you!
Actor and Scotland President for Bloodwise invites you to join My Peak Challenge this January for a traditional Scottish Burns Supper. All in support of people affected by blood cancer. Find out more at Burns Night Supper.
The Outlander star was announced as Scotland President of Bloodwise at a reception held at the iconic Lighthouse in Glasgow on Wednesday 16 November.
Sam, who was joined during the evening by blood cancer patients, researchers and fundraisers said: “It is a great honour to be given this title and to have met the extended Bloodwise family and individuals who have contributed to research and helped to fundraise. They are making a remarkable difference.
“I hope to honour all those affected by blood cancer and continue the fight against this disease.”
Sam, 36, who plays Jamie Fraser in the hit TV series Outlander, has been a staunch supporter of the charity since 2011, most recently spearheading fundraising and fitness campaign ‘My Peak Challenge’. The initiative galvanised Sam’s supporters to raise £225,000 to help fund a clinical trial that is testing treatment for one of the most aggressive forms of leukaemia.
It is hoped that Sam’s role at the charity will continue to raise awareness of blood cancers such as leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma.
Yvonne Dickson, Head of Regional Fundraising, presented a hand engraved Scottish Quaich to Sam to celebrate the occasion. She said: “Sam has been an incredibly loyal supporter of Bloodwise for a number of years. He has not only rallied his fans and supporters to help raise money for the charity, but his global profile has increased awareness of blood cancer and the work we do to improve the lives of patients.
“We are absolutely delighted that he has become our Scottish President and are excited to see what the future holds.”
The charity has a strong presence in Scotland, with over £6million currently invested in blood cancer research projects at Glasgow and Edinburgh Universities.