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£8,612raised of £36,000 target by 54 supporters

Weʼre raising £36,000 to Weʼre raising £36,000 to Fund half of a 4 year PhD fellowship into leiomyosarcoma of the uterus.

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Morpeth, United Kingdom
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Nicky Asbury was an inspiring, warm, intelligent and vibrant woman who lived life to the full. She developed the rare, poorly known but deadly leiomyosarcoma of the uterus (a fibroid gone rogue) in early 2015. Despite 4 surgeries and 3 separate chemotherapies, she died on 1st July 2016. Nicky worked in palliative care as a psycho-oncologist, helping people with cancer deal with the psychological issues that they faced. She also worked as an academic with Newcastle University and has published a number of papers on the subject. Our family have agreed to raise half the cost of a 3-year PhD fellowship and Newcastle University have agreed to fund the other half. The Fellowship holder will undertake research into this rare cancer with the hope of improving prevention, diagnosis, understanding of its molecular biology or treatment. We will work with clinicians and academics to raise the profile of this cancer, to encourage NICE to develop guidelines on its diagnosis and management and improve the outcome - which at present is very poor with no good treatments other than surgery.

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  • mark welfare

    mark welfare

    2 months ago

    mark welfare

    Update on progress - we have currently raised a total of around £47,000 towards our PhD fund. Our original target of £36,000 has been exceeded and we have several events already planned. So, we have set a new target of £60,000 which will enable us to sponsor the student for a full 4 years, so giving them more time for lab work and writing up. We have two bids from University academic teams for the funds and we will make a final decision on who gets the money on 5th January. The supervisor will then recruit the student to start in September 2017

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  • mark welfare

    mark welfare

    2 months ago

    mark welfare

    Huge thanks to all the people who have organised events this year - Helene Carrieles and staff at the oncology day unit for a sponsored walk, Lindsey Wanless from the Education centre for a raffle, Nicola Woodcock, Elaine Watson and Sharron Tolman for the fabulous coffee morning, Lauren Laydon and Judy Murphy and Terry Sergeant for the ceilidh, Debbie Sorrie for a wonderfully symmetrical £365 from an exercise marathon, LalandBo for the fair, Nicola Gair for various events and Ed Hawkins, for a heroic cycle the length of Malaysia amongst others.

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  • mark welfare

    mark welfare

    Feb 23, 2017

    Thanks to Andrew Lister who won our 'Last man standing' competition after just two rounds, showing how poor the others were at predicting the Six Nations results. Andrew kindly donated his winnings.

    £100.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Feb 20, 2017

    Really inspiring. Good luck from Wendy & Alison

  • SUSAN OGDEN

    SUSAN OGDEN

    Feb 17, 2017

    I received fantastic support from Nicky following my recovery from cancer and was devastated to read of her death in a recent article in The Journal.What a positive way to honour her memory.

    £20.00

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Morpeth, United Kingdom

Nicky's husband. I am a clinical academic employed by Northumbria Healthcare Trust and Newcastle University. My research interests have included the epidemiology and molecular biology of colorectal cancer and inflammatory bowel disease.

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