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Pam & Mike White with Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir David Greenaway

We thought we’d give you an update on how some of the funds you’ve helped us raise for the Sam White Legacy are being used to help others.

Impact: The Nottingham Campaign Annual Review 2014 said:

Translating research into new cancer treatments

In the last 10 years, there has been a step change in our understanding of the immune system and its interactions with cancer.

The immune system is capable of mounting a very powerful attack on cancer, resulting in long term survival in some patients. Based on discovering in the laboratory we are looking at ways in which the body’s own immune system can be made more effective as an anti-cancer treatment.

Nottingham has a long history of research into cancer immunotherapy and a gift of almost £100,000 will not directly help us to move innovative treatments from the laboratory to the patient.

The gift was inspired by Sam White, an astonishing young man who died of his brain tumour in 2013, aged 16, and in whose honour the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Nottingham, Professor Sir David Greenaway, rode this year’s Life Cycle 4 event.

Without exception, cancer has touched every family in the UK. With your support our scientists and doctors can offer new hope to cancer sufferers and their families.

About Life Cycle 4:

Life Cycle 4 saw the Vice-Chancellor and his team of riders pedal around the four corners of Great Britain, covering almost 1,400 miles over two weeks. All the riders cycled in honour of a child who has battled rare forms of brain tumours and the ride raised more than £785,000 for the Children’s Brain Tumour Research Centre. Professor Sir David Greenaway rode in honour of Sam White, who died in 2013 after a five-year battle against brain tumour cancer.

Click here to see what Pam White says about Life Cycle 4.