Press release: Children with Cancer UK celebrates 25 years of funding life-saving research

26 June 2013

Wednesday 26th June 2013: for immediate release

LONDON: Leading children’s charity Children with Cancer UK celebrated 25 years of scientific achievements at a special reception today in the House on Lords, hosted by Baroness Thornton of Manningham.

The event was attended by many of the scientists who have made life saving advances in the prevention and treatment of childhood cancer; families and children affected by cancer; MPs and Peers including John Baron MP and Baroness Floella Benjamin OBE and the family of Paul O’Gorman, including father and charity Chairman Eddie O’Gorman, who set the charity up in Paul’s memory 25 years ago.

Over 30 scientific posters were on display featuring past and present research projects including studies into birth weight and risk of childhood cancer; exposure to natural sources of gamma radiation; secondary cancers; improving vaccine design; novel chemical treatments to target neuroblastoma tumours; the role of infectious exposure in the development of childhood leukaemia and many more.

Speakers at the event included John Baron MP, Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Cancer and sixteen-year-old cancer sufferer Clara Markiewicz. Clara was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia when she was just four years old.  She only had a 50% chance of survival and was seriously ill when she was admitted to The Royal London Hospital for treatment.  After spending five months in hospital, enduring seven operations and four bouts of chemotherapy, Clara has made a full recovery.

Families and children who attended the event included two year old Phoebe Seabright, who was diagnosed with Wilms’ tumour last year, four year old Vega Palitz, who is currently receiving treatment for leukaemia and five year old Luke Everett, who was diagnosed with a rare form of liver cancer when he was 6 months old.

To date, Children with Cancer UK has raised over £150 million pounds for the research and treatment of childhood cancer.  

Malcolm Taylor, who until recently was Chair of the Scientific Advisory Panel for Children with Cancer UK said:

“We are world leaders in pediatric oncology and the incredible advances we have made in the treatment and prevention of childhood cancer are only possible thanks to charities like Children with Cancer UK.  This is a wonderful occasion to celebrate our achievements but also look to the future for improved treatments and a brighter outcome for all children with cancer”.

ENDS

About Children with Cancer UK

Children with Cancer UK is the leading national charity dedicated to the fight against childhood cancer through research and remains both focused and determined to eradicate all childhood cancers.

The charity has funded groundbreaking, life-saving studies, including the Minimal Residual Disease (MRD) study, a pioneering technique that is now used by the NHS for all children with leukaemia.  It is hoped that further research in this area funded by Children with Cancer UK will take childhood leukaemia survival rates past 90%.

As well as funding life-saving research and treatment, the charity also funds welfare projects including hospice care and family accommodation close to hospitals and raises awareness of childhood cancer to protect more children and improve the lives of young cancer patients.

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