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Welcome to Milkshakes for Marleigh Community

Where those who have needed blood thank their donors

and encourage new ones

Here you will find extraordinary stories of survival thanks to Australian blood donors. If you have ever been a donor you can wonder you saved, improved or longed the life of the people who feature in the stories we tell across the Milkshakes for Marleigh platforms

Kate Fisher is the Founder of Milkshakes for Marleigh and Australia’s primary blood donation advocate. She she is on a mission to end persistent critical blood shortages in Australia and around the world.

Lives saved

Whole Blood

Plasma

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Meet your host

Kate Fisher

Best selling author and award winning postcast host

Kate is the host and producer of The Milkshakes for Marleigh Podcast where she tells the survival stories of blood product recipients. This is her creative solution to the social problem that not enough people donate blood. Only 1 in 30 Australians donate blood and yet 1 in 3 will need it in their lifetime. Kate is on a mission to change that, while thanking as many blood donors as she can along the way. You can find the Milkshakes for Marleigh podcast on your favourite podcast platform.

Kate is a mother at the helm of a family with additional needs. Kate has four children, three of them are living and like her, they have various complex medical conditions, physical and neurodevelopmental disabilities. She is helplessly in love with her husband Geoff and adores navigating their crazy, challenging, joy filled life together.

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. For Marleigh this treatment is lifesaving during the acute phases of her illness and life preserving for every infusion in between. Marleigh will be dependent on blood donors for life. She is now eight-years-old and has blown out five bonus set of birthday candles thanks to Australian blood donors. 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. 

Please book your donation here today! Those outside Australia can share their stories and blood donations via the Milkshakes for Marleigh social media channels.

Available in bookstores June 2024

Extraordinary tales of survival 

thanks to Australian blood donors

In 2024, Kate published her first book called Milkshakes for Marleigh which tells extraordinary tales of survival thanks to Australian blood donors. Like the podcast, the concept of the book is that if you have ever been a blood donor, you can read a story in the book and wonder if you were the blood donor who saved their life? 

It is her most recent tool in her blood donation advocacy and will be available in all good bookstores in June 2024.

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Shakes for Jakes

Lifeblood subteam for Kate’s Brother 

Since founding Milkshakes for Marleigh in 2021, Kate’s brother Jake has also become a regular whole blood, platelet and plasma recipient as he undergoes treatment for Lymphoma. This has included many rounds of chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant. Jake is currently recovering on his farm near Coffs Harbour in New South Wales, spending days with his wife Suzanne and two beautiful little girls Evie and Abbigail spending days swimming in their pool, chasing chooks and riding their ponies all thanks to having his life saved and prolonged by Australian blood donors. His family now encourages people to donate blood for the Lifeblood Team: #ShakesforJake is a subteam of The Milkshakes for Marleigh Lifeblood Team.

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The best of @milkshakes_for_marleigh on tour in London for:

1) Milkshakes for Marleigh Book with @kmdbooks 
2) The Milkshakes for Marleigh Podcast @podcastshowldn 
3) Launch of Women Making a Difference with @wcwpress
4) Filming for the Hear Us Roar book and Docuseries with @kmdbooks
5) @thewomenchangingtheworld Summit and Awards, Windsor Park, 2024 
5) so many book signings 
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BREAKING NEWS !!! 

@milkshakes_for_marleigh wins @thewomenchangingtheworld Impact Award for Non-Profit of the year! 

This award recognises the incredible impact of the Milkshakes for Marleigh blood donation advocacy movement! 

More details to follow! 

#wcwawards24 #milkshakesformarleigh