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Liverpool man puts his name to blood cancer campaign

Frank Mercer and his life-sized 3D name Photo: CLL Support Association

A Liverpool man has had his name turned into art as part of an awareness campaign for blood cancer.

The sculpture of Frank Mercer's first name stands at 6ft 1in, his exact height, and is one of 104 sculptures on display throughout Blood Cancer Awareness month.

The artwork represents the number people who are diagnosed with blood cancer every day.

Frank admits he ignored a swelling in his neck for two years and was shocked when he was eventually diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia by doctors at University Hospital Aintree.

He has since become a patron of the CLL Support Association which provides education, support and advocacy for people with the cancer.

"Living with a long-term incurable blood cancer presents many people with enormous physical and emotional pressures. Our research shows that 66% of people with CLL are living with anxiety."

– David Innes, Chair

The public art installation in Paternoster Square, London, marks the launch of the Make Blood Cancer Visible campaign.