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Kate Fisher

is a blood donation
advocate on a mission…

The goal is to end persistent critical blood shortages in Australia and around the world. Kate was initially inspired by her daughter Marleigh who became unwell at the age of three and was eventually diagnosed with Seronegative Paediatric Autoimmune Encephalitis.

This is a life-threatening condition with no cure, however treatment is possible with Intravenous Immunoglobulin Infusions (IVIG) made from donated human plasma

Hard Facts

The Challenge

Donate life-saving blood today

Give blood, plasma or

platelets and book your donation today

Kate encourages people to donate blood for the Milkshakes for Marleigh Lifeblood team so she can track the number of donations made by people inspired by Marleigh’s incredible story of survival

Lives saved in 2024

Whole Blood Donors

Plasma Donors

Platelets Donors

Podcast Episodes

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We spent very wet and windy Saturday afternoon with my sister and her family at the @gwsgiants v @sydneyswans #sydneyderby yesterday. 

Long time @milkshakes_for_marleigh community members will know that @calward and his GWS Giants have been long time friends of Marleigh’s and Marleigh was thrilled that Callan kicked 2 goals for her at the game yesterday. 

While the Giants didn’t come away with the W we had a great time! 

We also hope that in the future, the #giants advocate for blood donation in the same way that the Sydney Swans do! It would be unreal to do a “battle of the bridge” next year where GWS members throw down a challenge to Swans members to see who can donate the most blood? Or maybe we do @afl members State by State, #stateoforigin style? @afl please get in touch and let’s organise something!!!! 

The Milkshakes for Marleigh Book features 2 stories of how blood donors have impacted AFL players and their families. Grab a copy to see how @phildavis1 life, kidney and AFL career were saved by blood donors and how @pafc._ football club player Jeremy Finlayson gets to spend more time with his wife and mother of their little girl Sophia, @kelliefinlayson_ ( host & creator of @shttalkerspod & @jodileefoundation ambassador) thanks to the Australian blood donors who help to preserve her life as she undergoes chemotherapy for terminal bowel cancer. 

There is also a wonderful story of how AFL clubs in the Hunter Valley rallied around their own by donating blood following the Wedding Bus Crash in 2022, relieving the sense of helplessness in what was otherwise a tragic event. 

Get your copy today! Link in bio and stories.

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@kmdbooks know the power of story and that is why it was the perfect home for The @milkshakes_for_marleigh Book! 

Thank you to all the incredible donors who sent me photos during National Blood Donor Week and World Blood Donor Day. 

If you have ever been a donor, you can read a chapter of the Milkshakes for Marleigh and wonder if you were the one who saved, preserved or improved quality of life of one of the recipients the featured and becoming a donor in the future means that you can become a part of this story. 

Next challenge: bookstore selfies! 
I challenge the @milkshakes_for_marleigh community to find copies of the book out in the wild! Coming to a store near you ASAP! 

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Meet a donor and a recipient of The Milkshakes for Marleigh community each day during National Blood Donor Week 2024! 

Today is World Blood Donor Day 2024 and it’s 20th anniversary is an excellent and timely opportunity to thank blood donors across the world for their life-saving donations over the years and honour the profound impact on both patients and donors. It is also a timely moment to address continued challenges, and accelerate progress towards a future where safe blood transfusion is universally accessible.

I founded Milkshakes for Marleigh as the creative solution to the social problem of blood donor deficit in Australia. What began as a podcast has now resulted in the forming of a community, a bestselling book and mission to end persistent critical blood shortages in Australia and around the world. 

I was inspired by my daughter Marleigh who will be dependent on blood donors for life to treat Autoimmune Encephalitis. My passion for this work has been further cemented in the last 18 months as I’ve watched my little brother (who has young family) undergo chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant to treat Lymphoma. We’ve lost count of the number of blood transfusions he has required to make his treatment possible and keep him alive so he could survive it. 

Thank you to all the blood donors who save, preserve and improve the quality of recipients lives and keep families together. 

Happy World Blood Donor Day! 

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Wrap up of @milkshakes_for_marleigh ‘s activities for National Blood Donor Week on World Blood Donor Day! 

@who @kmdbooks @siriusxm @lifebloodau 

Please 

follow these accounts for amazing blood donation advocacy content and give them your support! 
@missysdonors 
@worgstagram 
@thebloodygoodtour 
@carlyandtresne 

Please book a blood donation today! 

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#nationalblooddonorweek #nationalblooddonorweek2024

@mamamiaoutloud - please do a shoutout for blood donation today on outloud for World Blood Donor Day!
Meet a donor and a recipient of The Milkshakes for Marleigh community each day during National Blood Donor Week 2024!

@samueljjohnson78 has worn many hats across his lifetime as one of Australia’s best known actors. However, its his role as Australia’s primary cancer vanquisher, through @loveyoursister that he is most proud of. 

Sammy recieved blood after being hit by a car in 2021. Like Marleigh, he now lives with a brain injury. He proudly made his first blood donation for Marleigh in 2023 and is a proud @milkshakes_for_marleigh community member. 

Inspired by my daughter Marleigh, I founded The Milkshakes for Marleigh blood donation advocacy movement with mission to end persistent critical blood shortages in Australia and around the world. 

Marleigh was 3 years old when she became unwell with Seronegative Paediatric Autoimmune Encephalitis. This is a life threatening condition that has no cure however treatment is possible with Intravenous Immunoglobulin Infusion (IVIG) made from donated human plasma. 

Marleigh’s life has been saved by Australian plasma donors and she is currently enjoying remission. 

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Events / Speaking

What’s happening

next…

Women Changing the World Global Summit

Fairmount Park London, United Kingdom

10am

25th May

Women Changing the World Industry Awards

Fairmount Park London, United Kingdom

6pm

25th May

Women Changing the World Gala Dinner and Major Awards

Fairmount Park London, United Kingdom

9:30pm

25th May

Ask Kate

to speak

Kate Fisher is such a highly sought-after speaker given her breadth of personal and professional experiences. Kate is the host and producer of the award winning Milkshakes for Marleigh podcast where she tells survival stories of blood products recipients to thank donors and to encourage new ones. She the author of the Amazon #1 bestselling book Milkshakes for Marleigh, where she tells extraordinary tales of survival thanks to Australian blood donors.

Invite Kate to speak at your event and treat your audience to an unforgettable experience. Secure Kate Fisher for your next event and ignite inspiration among your attendees!

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Meet the family

Marleigh

Marleigh has endured more in her little life than any person deserves to in a lifetime. Yet when you meet this vibrant eight-year-old, you would find it hard to imagine that the bubbly, funny, smiling girl with the big sparkling blue eyes has come so close to not surviving on a number of occasions.

Kate Fisher

Kate Fisher in the last 12 months she released the 3rd season of her podcast Milkshakes for Marleigh, released her Amazon #1 Bestselling book called Milkshakes for Marleigh which tells extraordinary tales of survival thanks to Australian blood donors. She is currently engaged in her book and speaking tour and loves thanking blood donors and recruiting new ones

Paddy - Seizure Response Service Dog

He is a chocolate Labrador, trained by Smartpups on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. He is both seizure alert and autism assistance trained with accreditation for full public access (he even gets his own seat on a plane for free when travelling with Marleigh!)