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Join us at the starting line for new cancer cures

24th September 2021

On World Cancer Research Day 2021, we asked you to join us at the starting line to help us raise awareness of the importance of brand new discovery research when it comes to starting the lifesaving cancer cures of the future.

The 24th September marked World Cancer Research Day, a global initiative that aims to bring us all together to achieve one common goal — to defeat cancer. Cancer is now projected to become the leading cause of death worldwide, with an increase to 21.6 million new cases per year predicted by 2030. We urgently need to take action to save lives in the future. 

At Worldwide Cancer Research, we know that by funding as many innovative new research projects around the world as possible, we will start new cures that will end cancer. But a recent study has shown a shocking decline in funding for discovery research of around 25% since 2006. 

We're the only UK charity that focuses solely on funding this vital part of the cancer research journey, that starts with new ideas in the lab and ends with lifesaving new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer. That's what makes us different, and it's why your support is so important. 

We asked you to join us at the starting line to start new cures for cancer.

To end cancer and save lives we need to raise awareness of the urgent need for more pioneering new cancer research. That's why we asked you to join Worldwide Cancer Research at the starting line for World Cancer Research Day. And it's not too late to get involved!

All you have to do is to take a photo of yourself in a starting line pose (just like this amazing shot of former world champion Liz McColgan, who supported our campaign), share it on your social media and encourage your friends and family to do the same. And don't forget to tag us! 

portrait image of Liz McColgan in a starting line crouched pose on a race track Liz McColgan, Former world champion
A strong start is the foundation of success in athletics, and the same can be said of research. I’m delighted to be able to join Worldwide Cancer Research at the starting line today, to help raise awareness of how that important first stage of the research journey can lead to incredible, lifesaving advances.

Here were some of your amazing photos!

Worldwide Cancer Research supporter crouched in a starting line position outside on a sunny day
Worldwide Cancer Research supporter crouched in a starting line position outside on a sunny day
Worldwide Cancer Research supporter crouched in a starting line position outside
Worldwide Cancer Research supporter crouched in a starting line position outside
Worldwide Cancer Research supporter crouch in starting line position next to a brick wall outside
Worldwide Cancer Research supporter crouch in starting line position next to a brick wall outside
A dad and his young daughter crouched down outside in a starting line pose
A dad and his young daughter crouched down outside in a starting line pose
Laughing supporter on race track at starting line wearing a Worldwide Cancer Research top
Laughing supporter on race track at starting line wearing a Worldwide Cancer Research top
Worldwide Cancer Research supporter and her young daughter standing in a starting line pose
Worldwide Cancer Research supporter and her young daughter standing in a starting line pose
A couple in Worldwide Cancer Research branded tops smiling in a starting line pose
A couple in Worldwide Cancer Research branded tops smiling in a starting line pose
A man with a beard crouched at the starting line with his daughter and dog standing next to him
A man with a beard crouched at the starting line with his daughter and dog standing next to him

Our inspiring World Cancer Research Day ambassador Eilidh Mackay:

Eilidh, from South Ayrshire, backed our campaign on World Cancer Research Day to share her hope for the future of cancer research. 

Having been in remission for two years, Eilidh wanted to speak about her gratitude to the researchers around the world dedicated to improving the lives of those with cancer.

Read Eilidh's story

Want to find out more about the impact of your support?

Our researchers in London have recently discovered a new way to deliver a treatment directly to tumour cells in a common childhood cancer called neuroblastoma. This breakthrough could be the start of a new cancer cure that would save thousands of lives. 

Find out more

We couldn't start new cancer cures without you!

With your help, we know that one day we will end cancer. Will you become a Curestarter today?

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