There have been celebrations in Biggleswade for cancer fundraisers as a landmark is reached and research work extended.
The Butcher family planned a celebration party at Biggleswade Social Club to mark Angela’s small cell ovarian cancer research fund at the Eve Appeal reaching £50,000
But the extraordinary fundraising by Matt Lees with his video game, featured recently in the Chronicle, helped take the fund to £60,000.
This now sees the 15-month research project, started in April, extended to 2.5 years, half way to a full 5-year research programme and clinical trials.
On Saturday, July 16, more than 80 adults and children turned out to support these amazing achievements and at the same time enjoying a disco, buffet and raffle.
Matt, whose game Dark Souls was shown at the party, explained that he supported Angela’s Fund as his own partner had suffered the same experience when diagnosed with small cell ovarian cancer.
Linda Butcher said: “The icing on the cake was hearing directly from the researchers who thanked everyone for the amazing success of Angela’s Fund and showed how delighted they were with being part of an international collaboration of such rare research.”
Angela, died in 2013, began the fund after being diagnosed just a few months earlier in 2012.
Angela’s fund now stands at £68, 147.81 and fundraising continues. If you’d like to support this further, with every penny going directly to extending research, please contact Linda on 07730 319209 or message Mark James Butcher on facebook.
Research requires both funds and patients and due to the rarity of small cell ovarian cancer, patients are few and far between. If you know of anyone who has been diagnosed with this condition, or of anyone who has lost a female family member to this rare and aggressive disease, please point them in the direction of the Patient Research Registry www.sc-oc.org