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The Velcade Three

The Velcade Three

Jacky Pickles, Janice Wrigglesworth and Marie Morton are three women from Yorkshire who suffer from multiple myeloma - a type of blood cancer. Our fight for access to the life prolonging drug Velcade has been widely reported in the media and we became known as “The Velcade Three”.

The Velcade Three are campaigning to make the drug Velcade available to multiple myeloma sufferers all over the country. We would like to hear from any myeloma sufferers out there who may be entitled to legal aid and will need Velcade or those who have been refused this drug – please

About Myeloma and Velcade

  • Myeloma is a cancer of the plasma cells, which attacks and destroys bone, damages the immune system and causes renal failure.

  • The most common symptoms include bone pain, infections and fatigue.

  • Myeloma is currently incurable, but is treatable.

  • Nearly 4,000 new cases will be diagnosed in the UK this year and there are between 14,000 - 20,000 people living with myeloma at any one time in the UK.

  • Public awareness of the disease is very low, despite Myeloma being more prevalent than all but one form of leukaemia and accounting for 15% of all blood cancers.

VELCADE - the latest treatment for Multiple Myeloma is the most effective drug in the treatment of this disease for decades, giving phenomenal results in those who have already been treated. 

Our petition to the prime minister

The Velcade Three have been successful in arranging a petition which is available on the 10 Downing Street website. We would very much appreciate you taking a few moments of your time to read and sign this petition and encourage friends and family to follow your example. In doing so you can help both patients and carers achieve our aim of gaining recognition and treatment of this devastating disease.


Jacky, Janice & Marie have fought this campaign on behalf of all Myeloma sufferers. What they neglect to tell us is how they have travelled many journeys to & from the capital & met the powers that be in their campaign whilst being particularly ill & under treatment. These trips have probably meant car journeys to & from trains stations, the train journey etc where they meet officials etc who probably travel 1st class everywhere at taxpayers expense who then tell people with very difficult and debilitating health problems that treatment is not available or too expensive.

All cancer sufferers & their families should be thankful to these three ladies who have not only created an awareness of the difficulties for Myeloma victims but the difficulties for all cancer patients right to both a quality & extended life when faced with the full force of The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) & their godlike approach to patient care.

For more information about these three formidable Ladies & their campaign visit their website

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