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Teen Joins #99RedBalloons School Leukaemia Awareness Campaign

99 people are diagnosed with a blood cancer every month in NI

Pic: Elaine Hill

AN East Belfast teenager is heading up a campaign to raise awareness and funds for a leukaemia charity.

19-year-old Strathern Grammar School student Emma Murphy, who lost her school friend Catherine Buchanan to leukaemia in 2013, is encouraging people to take to social media by using the hashtag #99RedBalloons to support blood cancer charity, Leukaemia & Lymphoma.

The year-long #99RedBalloons campaign hopes to raise awareness for the cause while simultaneously raising money for the charity’s work.


Pic: Elaine Hill

99 people are diagnosed with a blood cancer such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma every month in Northern Ireland.

A bench in Catherine’s memory, donated by her parents, sits in the grounds of Strathearn.

To donate to the charity, text BALL06 £5 to 70070. 

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