This year I have decided to sign up to do the Race For Life, for many different reasons. It’s around 1 in 3 of us will be directly affected by Cancer at some point during our lives, and frankly I think that is way too high! Personally I know of a few people who have both survived Cancer, and those that were not so lucky to win the fight. I think it’s really important that we come together to try and tackle those numbers, and so every penny counts. The more money that we have for Cancer Research, the more lives we can save. Here are a few examples of what your money could achieve:
£10 could buy 300 glass slides for studying cells and tumour samples in detail under the microscope.
£30 could buy around 250 plastic Petri dishes. They’re an essential resource for thousands of scientists who are working hard to understand cancer.
£54 could buy 22 thermometers (range -10°C to 110°C) – indispensable for many experiments that need to be performed at very precise temperatures.
£94 could cover the cost for one woman to take part in a clinical trial aiming to improve survival for post-menopausal women with early-stage breast cancer.
£123 could fund one cancer information nurse for a day. Our experienced cancer information nurses provide a confidential service for anyone with concerns about cancer.
£260 could buy a sophisticated microarray, a powerful piece of technology, helping scientists to scrutinise thousands of genes in a single experiment, and identify which are switched on in cancer.
£677 could cover the cost of one person taking part in a clinical trial testing chemotherapy before and after surgery, and the antibody drug Vectibix, to improve survival for bowel cancer patients.
£1,000 could cover around 22 day’s running expenses for an important lab project into a type of children’s cancer called rhabdomyosarcoma. The study aims to identify molecules that are involved in driving tumour growth, and this could lead to improved treatments so that more children survive the disease in the future.
This is just a few of the things that we achieve, with a little help. Cancer research can help us figure out how to beat cancer, and until that day comes your money could also help people find that they have cancer early enough to have that fighting chance. Everyday we hear it on the news or read it in the papers: “… gives you a higher chance of cancer”, “…doubles your chances of getting cancer”, “…encourages growth of cancerous cells”, it surrounds us everywhere we look and yet you will always think it will never happen to me. That might be true, it might not be you.. it could be your mum, dad, sister, brother… your child? Cancer doesn’t have an age restriction, or a preference of gender. It’s scary to think about but what I think is horrifying is what those odds against cancer would look like if we didn’t already have Cancer Research.
Sorry to come across so heavy about this cause but I think it’s very important for us all to think about what we could do to help people win the battle. Let’s face it, would you like to fight it alone?
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