Childhood cancer has been one of the success stories of modern medicine. Such have been the advances made over the past 30 years that eight out of 10 children diagnosed today will be cured. However, cancer in children and young people remains a serious issue. Around 1,600 children are diagnosed with cancer each year in the UK and, despite all the progress, cancer remains one of the main reasons why children from one to 15 years of age die prematurely. We lack efficient therapies for some children who present with advanced stage disease or for those whose cancer has come back. There is also a downside to the improving survival rates, in that the side effects of current treatments are recognised as an increasing problem. With one in 700 young adults now a survivor of childhood cancer, many long-term survivors suffer from chronic health problems related to their original therapy.
In 2014, as part of a collaborative initiative between the University, the Great North Children’s Hospital and North of England Children’s Cancer Research, we launched the Future Fund. The aim of this fund was to raise £5.5 million to create a state-of-the-art new centre for research into childhood cancer. Thanks to the generous support of our donors, we have exceeded our target and raised £5.6 million, which has enabled us to open the Wolfson Childhood Cancer Research Centre. The Centre has the facilities our researchers so desperately need to enhance their work in this important area.
But our work will not stop there. While we have reached our target and been able to open this new facility, we plan to continue raising funds to pay for the vital research that will take place in the new centre. We have set a short-term goal of £300,000, which will ensure the ongoing success of this Centre by establishing new posts and providing our researchers with consumables to turn their visionary plans into a reality.
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