Faculty of Medical Sciences

Beating Childhood Cancer

Beating Childhood Cancer

After being diagnosed with cancer at the age of four, Chris Peacock has dedicated much of his life to raising money for vital research.

Now in his thirties and a leading member of the North East business community, Chris has raised nearly £6m for research into children's cancer.

"When I had cancer aged 4, over 70% of children died. I was so very lucky and am continually thankful to the doctors and researchers here in Newcastle. If it was not for the treatment I received and the link to pioneering lab research, I would not be alive today."

Chris is Chairman of the Children's Cancer Run and trustee of the North East Children’s Cancer Research Charity, which was set up by families of children diagnosed with cancer. The charity has enabled Newcastle University to invest in research that is rated the top in the country.

"I am continually impressed at the pioneering work these researchers are carrying out and how we can truly work towards eradicating cancer. Children diagnosed with cancer today mostly survive, and this is a spectacular turnaround. There's still a lot to do to completely cure children's cancers and the long term effects of treatments and the charity is committed to seeing this a reality."

Professor Josef Vormoor, said: "Although cancer rates in children are in decline, there are still too many children dying of cancers such as leukaemia. Newcastle is a hugely resourceful centre for research into how cancers develop and how they react to treatment. The issue we face with the disease is that the goal posts constantly change in terms of treating the tumour effectively."

"I want to see that all cancers are treatable and preventable and death rates are zero. We can only do this by bringing researchers with different areas of expertise, such as chemists, who can help us develop more effective and targeted drugs that will provide a cure. It is also about recruiting the right talent to our team and with this I am confident that in the next five to ten years, we will see us ensure no children die of leukaemia."

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