Casey, Jaysze and Stephanie are Breast Cancer Now-funded research students working at Imperial College, London, in Professor Eric Lam’s laboratory.
They’re about to take their efforts in stopping women dying from breast cancer to another level as they prepare to take part in a skydive, with all the money they raise going towards Breast Cancer Now’s life-saving research.
Here, Casey explains why she wanted to take on such a daring challenge.
My friends Jaysze, Stephanie and I have chosen to do a skydive this summer because we wanted to do something completely out of our comfort zones, something that will catch the attention of other people easily, to raise awareness about breast cancer research.
We thought that skydiving is an unconventional and exciting way to achieve this. We also hope that our adventure would motivate the brave women (and some men) in the country to continue fighting breast cancer so that they, too, can fulfil their dreams to live life to the fullest.
It was natural for us to choose to fundraise for Breast Cancer Now as all three of us are research students carrying out breast cancer research at Imperial College London with Professor Eric Lam, whose work is funded by the charity.
Our lab has always been involved in fundraising – we’re always happy to do a bake sale! – but the skydiving challenge is the biggest and boldest thing we’ve ever done.
Our lab team carries out pioneering research that addresses the issue of chemoresistance, which is when cancer stops responding to chemotherapy, on the molecular basis. So far, we have made significant progress on uncovering how proteins that are involved in cancer, such as FOXM1, can contribute to helping cancer become resistant to chemotherapy.
We hope to unravel more mysteries of the mechanisms between these proteins and chemoresistance as this will ultimately contribute to the development of cancer therapies that targets cancer resistance to anti-cancer drugs. That in turn will lead to us stopping women dying from breast cancer, which is something we all hope to see in our lifetimes.