A leukaemia survivor from Kidderminster has spent 3 days at a conference in Czech Republic speaking to delegates from 60 countries about his experiences.

Kris Griffin was invited to the Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia (CML) Horizons conference in Prague where he spoke to an audience of 150 patient advocates, nurses and physicians about using social media and being a ‘connected’ patient.
CML Horizons is a community-run and multi-sponsored conference, which has evolved from the “New Horizons” conferences 2002-2011. It is run by the CML Advocates Network and hosted by the newly established, non-profit, Swiss-based, patient-driven “Leukaemia Patient Advocates Foundation” in Switzerland. The conference demonstrates the great power of the global community: inspiring best practice presentations, materials, marketplace sessions, interactive forums and updates by CML experts from all over the world.
Kris, who is treated at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, also works as an advocate and parliamentary lobbyist fighting for other cancer victims to have access to the drugs they need.
He said, “This conference provides patients with much-needed scientific knowledge and advocacy skills and over the years has developed a great collaborative spirit across borders and regions, it is a unique global family and I am proud to be a part of it.”
Kris has been battling chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) for over five years and is winning the fight having been declared in remission from the disease. In recent weeks the 38-year-old father of one has also spoken at the Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research annual conference and counts Wyre Forest MP Mark Garnier and Deputy Chair of the Labour Party Tom Watson MP amongst his supporters.
“In the UK there are only 650 of us every year diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia so it is a rarer form of cancer. It’s hard to get our voice heard but this disease is a cancer that is being treated more and more successfully with tablets. The potential impact of this on other forms of cancers is great so it’s important we network, fundraise and support the life-saving progress and innovation that is being made every day.”
Mr Griffin, who is also director of marketing and communications at Ormiston Forge Academy in Cradley Heath also has a blog where people can stay up-to-date with his campaign efforts: www.accesscmldrugs.wordpress.com
kris griffin at CML Horizons 2013

Kris Griffin speaking at CML Horizons 2013