Children’s brain cancer Doctor takes on Great North Run | Action Medical Research

Children’s brain cancer Doctor takes on Great North Run

28 June 2013

Dr Rebecca Hill, of the Northern Institute for Cancer Research, is running the 2013 BUPA Great North Run to help children’s charity Action Medical Research to save and change the lives of sick and disabled babies and children.

This 2013 Great North Run will be Dr Hill’s sixth. A keen runner, she is looking forward to standing on the starting line with 55,000 people and once again taking in the electric Newcastle atmosphere. The route will take her over the iconic Tyne Bridge, passing the famous international athletic stadium and heading towards the beautiful coastal town of South Shields where the Red Arrows welcome runners to the finish line with a spectacular display.

Action Medical Research awarded Dr Hill a prestigious Research Training Fellowship grant in 2011. She received £204,861 to fund her three-year study into brain tumours that mostly affect children, with the longer term aim of protecting these children from relapse and saving their lives.

In the UK each year, around 100 children are diagnosed with a brain tumour called a medulloblastoma. Most are younger than10 years old. After diagnosis, a gruelling treatment regime can save children’s lives. Sadly, though, up to 40 per cent of treated children go on to face the devastating news that their disease has relapsed. Most of these children die.

Dr Hill says, “Action is a really fantastic charity and I’m proud to be running the Great North Run for them. Without the funding from Action I wouldn’t have been able to take time out of my medical career to help advance our understanding of this brain tumour and improve the lives of children with this devastating diagnosis.”

“Some may not have heard of the charity, but you will all have heard of these medical breakthroughs the charity has contributed to, which today improve the lives of thousands of babies and children: the polio vaccine, the rubella vaccine, folic acid during pregnancy to prevent spina bifida, ultrasound scanning in pregnancy.”

Medical research can save and change children’s lives. Yet surprisingly, medical research into conditions that devastate children’s lives is poorly funded. The charity is currently funding research into conditions including Down syndrome, premature birth, epilepsy, meningitis and rare diseases.

Entry into the BUPA Great North Run is now closed but Action Medical Research can get you in. And if you already have a place the charity would love to have you on their team. Email or phone 01403 210406 for more information.


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Action Medical Research is a UK-wide charity saving and changing children’s lives through medical research. We want to make a difference in:

  • tackling premature birth and treating sick and vulnerable babies
  • helping children affected by disability, disabling conditions and infections
  • targeting rare diseases that together severely affect many forgotten children.

Just one breakthrough, however small, can mean the world.

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