- The Big Give
- Christmas Tombola
- Study gives further insight into how breast cancer cells migrate
The Big Give
Cancerkin is again participating in the Big Give Christmas Challenge, which gives supporters the opportunity to have the value of their donations to Cancerkin doubled. On the 5th, 6th and 7th of December, donations made online to Cancerkin via our Big Give page can be doubled. For every £1 donated, our generous supporters at the Padwa Charitable Foundation and the Big Give itself will contribute another £1. Our target is to raise £5,000 from donations, which means we stand to receive an incredible £10,000.
Every pound counts in this unique fundraising event so we do hope you are able to support us. Matched funds are limited, so please make a note to donate as close to 10am as possible via the Big Give website on any of the three days (5th, 6th and 7th December 2013) to make sure your generosity goes twice as far.
If you have any questions, or need help making your online donation, please contact Holly, either on firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 020 7830 2323. Thank you in advance for your generosity.
December is nearly upon us (how time flies!), and so here is a final reminder that our annual Christmas Tombola will be taking place outside the Atrium of the Royal Free Hospital on Wednesday 4th December 2013, from 9.30am to 4pm. We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of local businesses and supporters, which include meals from restaurants such as Zara and the Hampstead Tea Rooms, a cut and blow dry from Enz and coffees and muffins from Costa.
As well as the Tombola, we are running a stall selling small items, perfect for stocking fillers. There will also be a selection of Christmas cards to buy, Cancerkin t-shirts and plenty of mince pies! And, if that’s not enough, there will also be a (very well stocked!) second-hand book stall.
It’s also not too late to donate a gift! If you have any new items or second hand books you no longer want, you have until Monday 2nd December to donate them. Please contact Holly on email@example.com or call 020 7830 2323 and we will be happy to help. Alternatively, simply bring the items into the Cancerkin Centre; we are open from 9.00am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday.
We look forward to seeing you there for the start of the festive season!
Study gives further insight into how breast cancer cells migrate
Research published in Oncogene has given scientists more information on how breast cancer cells migrate.
Scientists based at the University of Birmingham and the University of Bristol changed the levels of a protein called PRH to discover how it is involved in the migration of breast and prostate cancer cells. They found that changing the levels of the PRH protein in cells changed their ability to migrate: when the level of PRH in the cell was reduced, the speed at which the cell could move increased.
PRH is a protein which switches genes on and off. The researchers found that PRH switches on the production of another protein, Endoglin, which was already known to control the migration of cells. Therefore, low levels of PRH in cancer cells leads to low levels of Endoglin and results in increased cell migration.
Katherine Woods, Research Information Manager at Breast Cancer Campaign, said: “This interesting work has brought us another step closer to understanding how breast cancer cells move and spread around the body, and closer to knowing how we could stop this spread to help women outlive the disease. This research is all the more valuable because it could have implications for other cancers such as prostate and thyroid cancer, and some leukaemias.”
For more information, please see Breast Cancer Campaign.