FAB in name and nature

Fab Fundraisers

Fab Fundraisers

The John van Geest Cancer Research Centre  has many collaborations with a variety of different organisations.  But our relationship with patient support groups is particularly important to us.  In the last year or so, we have worked with a wonderful group of people known collectively as FAB (Friends and Bredrin) – this is an organisation representing black African Caribbean men, and their families, who are suffering from, or have successfully combatted Prostate Cancer.  Men in this ethnic group are being diagnosed at a much younger age, and in startlingly higher numbers than Caucasian men and are twice as likely to die from Prostate Cancer.

Much work has been done by the indefatigable Rose Thompson, a radiographer who first noticed the high mortality rates in this area through her clinical work. Her 2013 paper Hear me Now and its follow up in 2104 brought these statistics to public attention for the first time through her organisation BME Cancer Care.  Working alongside these two groups the centre is looking at ways to help raise awareness amongst black communities and encourage fundraising to conduct clinical research into why this is happening.

Representatives from from FAB have visited the centre to learn more about the science and the research that will help us to understand the reasons why black men are much more at risk of developing and dying from Prostate Cancer.

FAB visit to JvG

FAB visit to JvG

Recently eleven members of the group took to two wheels and braved associated saddle related conditions to cycle 25 miles across Nottinghamshire in a sponsored bike ride as part of their fundraising efforts.

Naturally this momentous effort deserved a traditional celebratory drink at the end…. but in the interests of health, it was all in moderation of course.

Celebrating a FAB bike ride

Celebrating a FAB bike ride

We are always looking for volunteers to take on personal challenges or join in the fun at some of our fundraising events, please keep an eye for our blogs and news on social media to see how the work is going and if you want to know more about the centre or think you can help us, please do get in touch.  We love having meeting new friends and talking about the wonderful work of our scientists.

 


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