Laura and Ryan were thrilled when they discovered they were expecting identical twin girls. Laura was monitored closely throughout the pregnancy and recovered well each time complications arose. But the serious condition twin-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS) developed unexpectedly at a late stage and, tragically, their daughter Grace did not survive her birth. Celebrating baby Isabella’s arrival whilst mourning the loss of her twin was, as Laura explains here, agonising. A new form of ultrasound treatment funded by Action offers hope for other tiny, vulnerable twins. Laura and Ryan are staunch supporters of this research, which is being carried out at Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital, Imperial College, London.
Action recently awarded a prestigious grant to a talented young doctor who plans to dedicate her career to helping young cancer patients. Dr Shivani Bailey received a Research Training Fellowship of almost £200,000 for a three-year study that aims to develop a new treatment for children with germ cell cancers.
A research project funded by Action Medical Research in the 1970s led to routine screening in the UK of newborn babies for the rare metabolic condition congenital hypothyroidism (CHT). Now, early diagnosis and treatment spares children like Emma from lifelong physical, developmental and learning disabilities.
Community volunteers play a vital role in promoting awareness and raising funds for Action. In our Autumn/winter issue of Touching Lives, we caught up with Volunteer Development Manager Jane Charlton to find out more about how volunteering for Action works, and what to do if you’d like to get involved.
Around 100 boys are diagnosed with the fatal condition Duchenne muscular dystrophy each year in the UK. While there is still no cure for this devastating degenerative disease, a new medicine could slow its progression. For six-year-old Tom and his family, that means vital hope for the future.
Action guests were welcomed behind the door of number 10 at a Downing Street reception hosted by the Prime Minister's wife Samantha Cameron on 25 March. The event was a wonderful opportunity for Action to highlight successes, as well as the need for further funding to support vital research to help sick and disabled babies and children.
Research funded by Action has given new insights into why some women go into labour too soon and shown that it could be possible to develop a simple test to identify those at highest risk.
From red carpet events to collection tins, Action Partners support us in a host of different ways, raising thousands of pounds each year to fund vital research to help sick and disabled babies and children.
Although more commonly associated with older people, around 200 babies in the UK are born each year with cataracts and children can also develop them at a young age. Estimates also suggest that up to 210,000 children worldwide have lost their sight to cataracts. But now, an expert team based at the University of Aberdeen funded by Action is studying a new approach that they believe could revolutionise the treatment of cataracts, especially in children.
Every 18 minutes a child is admitted to hospital in the UK because of asthma. It is the most common long-term medical condition, affecting one in every 11 children. Now, with funding from Action, researchers led by Professor Somnath Mukhopadhyay at Brighton's Royal Alexandra Children's Hospital are investigating the use of a simple genetic test that could lead to personalised therapy, to improve the quality of life for sufferers.
Our much-loved mascot Paddington Bear™ is always busy and this year even more so as he stars in the first ever live action film inspired by Michael Bond’s best-selling books. Coming to a cinema you from 28 November!
If you’re a regular reader of Touching Lives you may remember Jack, who featured in our spring 2011 issue. Jack was diagnosed with a brain tumour when he was just
14 months old. Jack is now nine years old and has been clear of cancer for almost seven years. Action funding awarded in 2010 supported Research Training Fellow Dr Chris Howell in his bid to improve understanding and treatment of the type of brain tumour Jack had, called medulloblastoma - the most common cause of brain cancer in children.
Despite what many people think, you don’t have to be hugely wealthy to leave a legacy gift and nor do such gifts need to be large to make a difference. We are always extremely grateful to all those supporters who remember Action with a gift in their will, helping us fund more medical breakthroughs and leaving a brighter future for