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May 28th 2012
This week we've been busy asking everyone to help
us by getting behind the inspirational efforts of a very special 11
year old boy, Dylan Broadbent, or Dylz as many have come to know
After being inspired by his uncle Adam who is being treated here
at The Christie, Dylan entered the Rap for a Cause competition on
findaproperty.com. Now, people are voting in their thousands
to help Wakefield-based Dylz's rap reach first place and secure The
Christie charity £10,000.
I was so touched when I saw this campaign to help Dylan
win. Despite cancer bringing so much hardship, it also
inspires people to overcome their loss, pain and challenges by
doing incredible things.
I'd like to thank Dylan, Adam and their family for showing our
charity such fabulous support. If everyone who
visited this blog took a minute to 'like' this rap, we could stand
a really good chance of winning.
We'd be grateful of your help. Thank you.
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Public spirit on the streets of Manchester
May 15th 2012
Our fundraisers support our charity for many
personal reasons. For some it's to thank the experts who
cared for them, for others it's in memory of a loved one.
Whatever the reason, for everyone it's truly special.
A few weeks ago, I stood alongside thousands of runners feeling
anxious on the start line of the Manchester Marathon. We were
all there for our own reasons, but in everyone's eyes was a real
sense of determination overriding the daunting 26 miles that lay
As I ran, I felt proud; proud to be surrounded by people pushing
themselves far out of their comfort zone to reach the finish
line. It's amazing what a determined mind can force your body
to do when running. I felt a real sense of public
spirit. Everyone is from such different walks of life and
ages, yet are bonded over the pain, excitement and exhaustion that
is a marathon.
We had hundreds of runners out there in that awful rain running
for The Christie charity. What compelled them and so many
others to continue running is deep rooted in all of us, but we also
have each other to thank for that. Pats on the back, smiles
and cheers from the crowd can work wonders in helping you keep up
At this week's Great Manchester Run, we have so many wonderful
patients, supporters and celebrities taking part. There will
no doubt be many inspiring stories coming out on the day and I'm
look forwarding to sharing these with our Christie
supporters. One I know of so far and particularly love is
that six grandsons are running together in memory for their
grandfather who was treated here and who himself was an avid
fundraiser of The Christie. This echoes the exact spirit of
our fundraisers and sporting events like this.
Public spirit is a powerful force, and I cannot wait to be part
of it and soak up the amazing atmosphere once again. Good
luck to all our runners!
There will be live coverage of Sunday's Bupa Great Manchester
Run on the BBC. Please have a look and try and spot the blue
Christie running vests. If tweeting, please use the hashtag
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Education – shaping the talent of the future
May 4th 2012
I was left feeling a huge sense of pride last week
during our inaugural Christie Research and Education Awards
We organised this with one purpose - to recognise the talent in
both our research division and School of Oncology. As well as
applauding our talent and achievements, the evening also
highlighted our plans for the future that will build on our
Our School of Oncology is going from strength to strength, and
we're now looking to build on that by launching an appeal to expand
this unique facility. With the support of our charity, we're
hoping to raise one million pounds to increase our capacity to host
more meetings, study days and conferences - allowing us to
highlight and share the groundbreaking research happening right now
on our doorstep. Alongside this on the forefront of research
will be the Manchester Cancer Research Centre which will have a
major influence on cancer research globally.
Our research and educational efforts have a direct impact on the
treatment and care of not only our patients, but many across the UK
and the world. The skills and expertise we are honing at The
Christie will spread across several other institutions via many
talented professionals. Playing that kind of role in
healthcare is remarkable.
Having said all that, we could not deliver any of this without
our partners, who work closely with us to shape the future
healthcare professionals and develop treatments. Education is
so vital in shaping our future. As a region, we need
education experts to work together to deliver what medical and
non-medical students need.
To those not in the know, we are simply a hospital, but to our
supporters, staff and many more who understand the essence of The
Christie, we are an organisation committed to delivering treatment,
research and education. These elements are crucial in
reaching our vision of becoming a world leading cancer centre.
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