I know how it feels to have someone missing from the Christmas table. More than ever, I need your help.

13th November 2022

Christmas is the time of year when we traditionally relax and have fun with our family and friends, maybe eating too many chocolates and watching old films together on the sofa. This Christmas might feel different for everyone across the country with the cost of living crisis affecting all of us. The uncertainty of cost rises has a knock-on effect, it puts pressure on cancer researchers like me and threatens the funding available for life-saving cancer research.

Worldwide Cancer Research scientists, like myself, have been exploring exciting new ways to advance our understanding of cancer - thinking outside the box to discover new and better ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer.

Funding for discovery research has declined by more than 25% in recent years. Curing cancer is an extremely difficult challenge. Without fundamental research, it is impossible to develop new and superior treatments that can save the lives of people with cancer.

Otherwise families are left without loved ones this Christmas and in the Christmases to come.

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Sixteen years ago, my father died of pancreatic cancer. He was only 59 when it was discovered, and the diagnosis really came out of the blue.

My parents had just bought a camper van to enable them to get out and explore more, now their children had finally all flown the nest. Looking back the worst part was that we all quickly learnt that there were basically no good treatment options available to him. Having no hope that anything could be done really sapped my father’s will to carry on, and he became very withdrawn.

He died less than 5 months later.

Please help researchers like David this Christmas and give £25 to help start cancer cures.

Professor David Withers, Cancer Researcher
Your support is vital in funding my immunotherapy research. Together we can think outside the box to improve immunotherapies for people living with cancer.

The loss of my dad happened very early in my research career. This devastatingly difficult and sad time for our family has shaped my career as a cancer researcher. Having now established my research lab and expertise, I want to use these skills to help discover new treatment possibilities for cancer and to keep families together for longer.

It is my hope that I can make a difference to other families facing the same situation as mine did when my father was diagnosed. I would like to think that treatment possibilities for all cancers are not too far away. Discovery research, such as learning to better manipulate our immune response, will help us achieve this.

Will you give £25 to help me buy essential equipment such as two bottles of special nutrient liquid so we can grow cancer cells in the lab?

My team and I at the University of Birmingham, with the kind support of you and Worldwide Cancer Research, are trying to find out more about how our immune system and immunotherapies work against cancer. We hope that a better understanding of these processes will help to improve the current immunotherapies, making them useful for more patients.

Your support is vital in funding my immunotherapy research. Together we can think outside the box to improve immunotherapies for people living with cancer.

I think my father would be proud that we are doing all we can to help people living with cancer, now and for generations to come. He had just a 1% chance of surviving his pancreatic cancer diagnosis, beyond 10 years.

You can change that.

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