Medical research - the gift of hope
The loss of a loved one or a battle with illness can leave us with many questions and not enough answers.
Across our hospital Trust we have several pioneering research projects that are funded partly or entirely through charitable donations. Last year alone this charity funded over £1.7 million of research here - research that simply could not take place without your support.
These are just a few of the research funds across that you are helping:
- Adult Sarcoma Fund (story below)
- Childhood Cancer Research Fund
- Heads Up - research into head and neck cancer
- Julian Starmer-Smith Lymphoma Fund
If you would like to know more about how you can help fund one of our research projects please get in touch.
Angela Nicholls has helped to create a new fund within our charity, raising money for Adult Sarcoma cancer research after losing her husband Tony to the condition.
This is her story:
"My husband, Tony, developed a rare form of cancer: Ewing's Sarcoma. Fewer than 100 people in Britain are diagnosed with it each year.
Throughout Tony's illness, we asked a lot of the hospital team, led by Professor Hassan, and they were superb with us - at every step. Professor Hassan and his team in Oxford have been working hard researching different treatments for what can only be described as a tremendously aggressive and nasty disease that simply makes the human body destroy itself.
Like any patient, we were desperate for any information we could get. We quickly found out that there is simply too little awareness of the cancer and very few funds being channelled into the research. We thought: we have to do something, we have to help. That's when a Fund was born.
Together with the team at Charitable Funds and Prof Hassan and his team, we set up a dedicated fund to support his research - the Adult Sarcoma Fund. Then we started fundraising. Garden parties, curry nights, quiz nights, collection tin-rattling, the London Marathon - even cycling from London to Paris!
It is good to know that every penny of the money we raise goes into the Prof's fund for a special kind of research called proteomics. It's the most advanced research at the smallest level of genes and their proteins. Our particular project analyses data from high quality human samples to test out responsiveness to different types of treatments.
In addition, we all want to help develop ways that patients can get information, interact with their care teams, find out what happens to the tissue they donate, and access the latest research results.
Whilst there is nothing we can do to bring Tony back, we can do everything within our power to minimise the chances of others suffering in the same way that Tony did and to help minimise the pain felt by other cancer sufferers' loved ones.
Despite the road to recovery being a long one, we always kept faith in the wonders of medicine and science. We are keeping faith still."
Aged 37, Tony has left behind a wife and a young daughter, his family and many friends. Tony's wife Angela continues to work hard to raise money.
If you would like to support her, you can donate at:
with all money going to the Adult Sarcoma Fund.
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