Pancreatic Cancer UK were thrilled to invite the Robert Stella Cancer Foundation to University College London recently to present their cheque for an incredible £24,000 raised in memory of Robert Stella.
Robert was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in August 2013 and sadly died in January the following year. Through the tireless fundraising efforts of Roberts’s parents, Phillip and Ann, his brother Sean, family and friends, a Gala dinner held at Wentworth Golf Club on 16th October 2015 was a huge success.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank Robert’s PE teacher Gareth Cousins (Head of PE at Salesian College), who was instrumental in organising and committing much of his own time, to ensure this event was a huge success, along with support from his colleague Mrs Carole Byrne. The evening saw video tributes to Robert, and a special thank you to Jonny Elworthy for producing those. Many of Robert’s and Sean’s friends took part in events including the Three Peaks challenge, Half Marathons and Tough Mudder.
The money raised will fund a pioneering research project into patient power to support early diagnosis, a project made possible through our Pancreatic Cancer UK Clinical Pioneer Award. This project is allied to another London Cancer project which is the setting up of Multidisciplinary Diagnostic Centres. These Centres will enable rapid investigation and management of patients with suspected cancer, particularly those with more vague symptoms. The aim is to improve the speed of a cancer diagnosis and make the diagnosis at an earlier stage.
On behalf of us all at Pancreatic Cancer UK, we are hugely grateful to the Robert Stella Cancer Foundation, and wish to extend our thanks and appreciation to all those that contributed to raising such a fantastic amount.