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In 2017 we launched a £4.5 million appeal to develop a world-class Cancer Research Programme. We are thrilled to announce that, thanks to the tremendous support of many, many donors, we have reached this ambitious target and we cannot thank you enough. It is testament to the extraordinary generosity of our local and worldwide community of supporters that we have reached the target more quickly than we could ever have imagined. This simply would not have been possible without you.

Your generosity has already allowed us to expand our team of pioneering cancer researchers. Professor Valerie Speirs has joined the University as Chair in Molecular Oncology and we will be making further appointments soon. Thanks to you, Aberdeen's reputation as a leading centre for cancer research is growing. Excitingly, the research that you support will help ensure that cancer patients at NHS Grampian's new ANCHOR Centre and Baird Family Hospital (both due to open in 2021) will receive the finest care and the newest treatments.

Of course, there is so much more to do.

The news of a cancer diagnosis is devastating. One in three of us will be affected and currently one in four die from this horrible disease. We want communities across Scotland to benefit from our research for generations to come - and we want to help beat cancer once and for all. We are in this for the long term and we would love you to join us. We will keep you updated as our exciting plans unfold.

To help us build on the success of our Cancer Research Programme, please give online today by clicking ‘DONATE NOW’ to help us make new discoveries and breakthroughs which will improve the lives of so many people affected by cancer. For more information contact Lisa Chilton on +44 (0) 1224 272281 or email

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At the age of 59 I decided to take part in the Run Balmoral 10K race for the first time in memory of my husband Roy whom I had lost to oesophageal cancer a few months earlier. I had never done anything like this in the past so this was a whole new venture for me.


Roy was diagnosed in January 2011 and passed away in November 2012. During that time he went through chemotherapy and radiotherapy and also took part in clinical trials. During 2012 we were attending Aberdeen Royal Infirmary anything from one to three times a week and when Roy passed away my life felt empty in so many ways. I missed Roy tremendously but strangely I missed the staff at the hospital too, I had grown quite fond of many of our regular nurses and medical professionals.


Roy was always eager to take part in any trials offered saying “if it doesn’t help me it might help someone else”, so needless to say I feel I have to carry this on by helping raise fund for cancer research through GASTROCAN.


I was talking to the girls at work about Run Balmoral saying GASTROCAN was one of the nominated charities. They spurred me on to sign up to take part and when I agreed another two decided to join in. Once I had signed up I had something to focus on which helped me through some very dark times. If I was feeling down I would just put on the trainers and walk. It soon lifted my spirits being out in the fresh air and now I feel so much fitter. I arrived for the first time feeling quite nervous but once I got going I really got into the atmosphere. The buzz I got going over that finishing line was like nothing I can put into words. I had a fantastic day and I know Roy would have been proud of my achievement, especially with the money that will continue to help other people who find themselves in the same situation he was in.

I have taken part in every Run Balmoral 10K every year since and through that, and various other fundraising events I have organised, I have raised for the University's cancer research through GASTROCAN. 

I would recommend anyone to get involved, try something new. It really helped me get through that first few months, I’m sure it can help you too.