A SUNDERLAND mum has helped to make great strides in the fight against cancer.
Charity champion Julie Reay, from Barnes, has raised more than £11,000 in the past 12 months to fund vital cancer research.
To say thank you for her efforts, which will help save lives in the future, the 47-year-old was given a tour of CRUK’s Newcastle Cancer Centre to see where the money she has raised will go.
Since the death of her son Peter Lane in a rope swing accident 10 years ago, Julie has thrown herself into charity work, raising more than £100,000 for good causes.
Each year the fund-raising group she founded in her son’s name, The Peter David Lane Trust Fund, chooses a different charity to support through a host of events.
Speaking about her tour of the CRUK labs, Julie said: “I was overwhelmed at the amazing work this fabulous centre does. The facts speak for themselves. The ground-breaking research is proving yet again that more lives are being saved year after year and they are confident that one day there will be a cure for this terrible disease.
“It was amazing seeing them today and the up-to-date equipment being used. I am so very proud that our wonderful donation from Peter’s fund, which we presented to them, will be used in this centre.
“Although our full year of fund-raising has finished, we will still be supporting the centre. In fact myself, along with friends and family members, are already looking forward to this year’s Race For Life event, which we will be doing in memory of our special loved ones.”
As part of the visit, the Echo was also presented with a certificate for supporting and publicising Julie’s quest.
Echo editor John Szymanski said: “We are honoured that Cancer Research UK has presented the Echo and its readers with this special award.
“We were very pleased to help Julie raise such a large sum, and it does show how generous Wearsiders are in contributing cash to fund research into this dreadful disease.”
Cancer Research UK’s vision is to bring forward the day when the disease in all its forms is conquered.
In the 1970s, less than a quarter of people with cancer survived. But over the last 40 years, the survival rate has doubled – today half will survive.
Joanne Evans, local fund-raising manager for CRUK, said: “It was a pleasure to welcome Julie Reay back to the Newcastle Cancer Centre and celebrate her huge achievement of raising a phenomenal £11,250 over the past 12 months.
“Supporters like Julie and her friends make a massive difference to our research. With 90 per cent of all CRUK donations being £10 or under, this is a great amount of money that will help us achieve our ambition to accelerate progress and see three quarters of patients surviving the disease in the next 20 years.
“On behalf of Sunderland Local Committee and Cancer Research UK, we would like to say a massive thank you and well done to Julie, she has been a pleasure to work with and look forward to working with her in the future.”
How your donations help:
l £6 = buys a timer. Experiments need to be precisely timed to help ensure results are accurate.
l £10 = buys enough glass slides for a scientist to examine 500 tumour samples down a microscope.
l £23 = enough to kit out scientists with a lab coat and a pair of safety specs.
l £34 = buys about 250 special sterile dishes to grow cells in and keep them healthy, helping answer fundamental research questions that could lead to the breakthrough discoveries of tomorrow.
l £45 = buys more than 500 cryotubes. Scientists have to keep cancer cells and tumour samples at -80°C to preserve precious material like DNA. Most plastic cracks at this temperature, but specially designed cryotubes keep valuable samples safe.
l £82 = enables a man to take part in one year of a study looking at a potential screening test for men with an increased risk of developing prostate cancer.
In the future, this could help detect the disease at an early stage and more likely to be successfully treated.
l £260 = pays for a microarray, which can examine about 40,000-50,000 genes in a tumour sample.