Cancer Research UK and Breakthrough Breast Cancer are coming together as research partners for Stand Up To Cancer, the joint national fundraising campaign from Cancer Research UK and Channel 4 designed to accelerate new treatments to cancer patients and save lives.
The collaboration will see both charities combining vital funds for carefully selected translational breast cancer research projects that will bring new breast cancer treatments to patients faster. Stand Up To Cancer galvanises the UK to come together in the fight against cancer and also encourages collaboration in the research community and this partnership reflects that.
Claire Rowney, Director of UK Stand Up To Cancer at Cancer Research UK said:
“We are thrilled to be able to announce this partnership between two major cancer charities. Our Stand Up To Cancer campaign is all about bringing the nation together to make a stand and encouraging collaborative working to help bring treatments to patients faster.
“By coming together showing unity and collective defiance against a disease that affects more than one in three of us, this partnership really highlights the message that together we will beat cancer sooner.”
Chris Askew, Chief Executive at Breakthrough Breast Cancer, said:
“We believe that breast cancer can be stopped, and that research holds the key, so we are delighted to be collaborating with Cancer Research UK on this fantastic research initiative.
“There is so much more to be done in order to stop breast cancer for good, but collaboration is key to getting us there. It is by bringing the best minds together, and working with a common goal, that we can truly reach the point where breast cancer, and all cancers, are stopped in their tracks.”
The legendary telethon from the US first came to the UK on Channel 4 in 2012 to raise funds to accelerate innovative cancer research and get new treatments to patients more quickly. In 2012, Stand Up To Cancer’s fundraising total exceeded £8m funding 12 clinical trials across the UK and this year’s aim is to do even better. The 2014 campaign is encouraging people to join the frontline against cancer this autumn by fundraising, buying merchandise, joining March On Cancer™ and tuning in to the live TV show on Channel 4 on Friday 17th October. The big night will see stars from TV, music, film and fashion joining forces to galvanize the nation to show cancer that it’s payback time.
Founded in the US in 2008, Stand Up To Cancer has harnessed the support of the entertainment industry to generate millions in pledges for cancer research.