GASTROCAN researchers at the University of Aberdeen to benefit from the brilliant fundraising efforts of 60 Run Balmoral participants.
On Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th April this year 60 hardy and dedicated fundraisers took part in the annual Run Balmoral event on Royal Deeside and we are now delighted to announce that £12,552 has been raised thanks to their fantastic commitment. The money will be used by University of Aberdeen GASTROCAN researchers to help further understand oesophageal and gastric cancer and to improve the treatment of these particularly devastating forms of cancer.
The participants ranged from individual volunteer fundraisers to corporate groups to members of University staff and their combined efforts have increased the total raised in 2014 by £2,000. They braved freezing temperatures and hail storms over a particularly changeable weekend to run 5K, 10K or 15 miles.
Professor Russell Petty, consultant medical oncologist at NHS Grampian and clinical senior lecturer at the University of Aberdeen, said “I am so grateful to every single one of the Run Balmoral participants for their fundraising efforts to raise money for GASTROCAN. All the funds raised will provide vital assistance for our research programme of clinical trials and laboratory research to develop better treatments for gastro-oesophageal cancer. Through this research, we are helping patients in the north east gain access to the best possible personalised treatments as well as aiming to develop more effective treatments for the future.”
Fundraising income for GASTROCAN is channelled through the University of Aberdeen Development Trust which is an independent registered charity. The Trust raises essential funds to support much of the University’s activities such as vital medical research as well as supporting students through the provision of scholarships, bursaries and facilities. Funding from alumni, individuals, companies, organisations and the community is essential for the development of the medical research undertaken by GASTROCAN and many other activities.