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Publication date:- 2017-02-06

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Local cancer heroes urging others to join their fundraising fight

A group of fundraisers from the Sefton area are looking for local people to pledge their support and help them raise money for life saving cancer research.

Each year around 148 people in the Sefton region will be diagnosed with cancer and 1 in 3 of those will die from cancer or cancer related diseases.

The Sefton based fundraising group for the charity North West Cancer Research is now looking for volunteers to join its group, to act as regional cancer heroes and raise money for cancer research.

Jim Brown set up the group earlier this year after working with local cancer support group:- 'The Daisy Chain' for 12 years. Wanting to widen his support for cancer based charities, he set up the fundraising group for North West Cancer Research, with his two friends Kevin Dunne and Hilda Boyd.

Jim who has lived in the Sefton area all his life, was 1st inspired to work with local cancer charities after his wife Joan was diagnosed with breast cancer 5 years ago.  Jim said:- "When we got Joan's cancer diagnosis, it was a shock for us all. , but thanks to treatment, which included surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, she's now doing much better; although she still suffers from post treatment health problems today. Watching her go through her treatment was hard,  but she has been so brave throughout it all. It was then that I knew I wanted to do something to help others and offer support for them and their loved ones. Research is an incredibly important part of the cancer journey. It's more than just finding a cure for cancer,  but it's also about developing treatments which not only kill cancer , but are easier for patients to cope with and do not have the horrendous side effects that many treatments do today. I've been to the research labs at the North West Cancer Research Centre in Liverpool and spoken with the researchers the charity supports. It was great to see what the money we raise will be spent on and encouraging to hear some of the advances that their researchers are already making."

The Sefton based group is inviting volunteers to join them as they help raise money for this life saving cancer research. They are looking for people to help organise fundraising events in the local community.  Jim added:- "Our aim is to have a group of around seven volunteers; although more are always welcome. We are looking for people who can generate fresh and exciting fundraising ideas, people who have a genuine desire to help support cancer research. You can give as much or as little of your time as you like and any contri, bution no matter how big or small goes a long way in helping the fight against cancer."

North West Cancer Research is one of the biggest independent funders of cancer research in the Sefton and Merseyside region. It has committed to funding more than ₤13million worth of research over the next 5 years.

Money raised by fundraisers like the Sefton group will support research such as a 2 year project looking at the role of a protein in causing drug resistance in the treatment of melanoma, and a clinical trial which will help improve the treatment of bile duct cancer.

To find out more how to become a volunteer for North West Cancer Research you can contact Jim Brown via email or by calling:- 01704 574787. You can also visit:- NWCR.Org for more details.

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