What is NATSIRT?
In May 2012 Tristan Martin, lost his fight to a rare form of Leukaemia 2 months short of his 40th birthday. He was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML) just six months earlier having been extremely fit and active in body and mind throughout his life.
Quoted by one of his great friends, Francis Outred:
"[Tristan] brought so much good to the world and didn't harm a flea. He left behind a beautiful wife, Annette, a 3 year old son, Milo and an intensely loving family, who still struggle to come to terms with this tragedy."
The Martin family established a Tribute Fund at Bloodwise (formerly Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research) in the name of Tristan Martin in May 2012.
In December 2012 Tristan's sister, Heidi, established the NATSIRT campaign (NATSIRT = TRISTAN backwards) which has been dedicated to raising funds for a number of other related charities including Bloodwise and Anthony Nolan.
The campaign raised around £30,000 for blood cancer related causes between 2012 and 2017 but unfortunately raising money for pre-existing Charities did not allow the money raised to be channelled into specific areas.
NATSIRT is now being established as an independent and standalone Charity, providing the ability to pick one battle at a time.
The main focus will be on AML specifically and research will span from finding where the roots of AML lie - in order to combat the disease right from the beginning - to testing new treatments for people living with AML.