Where does the money go?
We are so grateful for the generous support we receive for Fabian's Trust. Here are just a few ways that we are investing the funds that are raised...
Helping pay for medical equipment
We have been able to help pay for essential medical equipment for the Irvine Laboratory. Professor Julie Irvine is pictured using one of the two centrifuges bought by Fabian's Trust to help speed up the diagnosis of children who have relapsed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL).
We are about to support the lab by funding another piece of research equipment to be in place in the early part of 2017.
Professor Irvine tells us more:
"While 9 out of 10 children with ALL will now be cured, new drugs are desperately needed for children who relapse. The Irving laboratory at Newcastle University focuses on evaluating new drugs for children who have relapsed or are likely to relapse and have recently performed laboratory testing of new type of drug called a MEK inhibitor and shown that it could be very effective at treating a substantial proportion of these children. Their results have prompted an international clinical trial of a MEK inhibitor for children who have multiple relapsed ALL. Ongoing work in the laboratory aims to work out whether MEK inhibitors would be even more effective in combination with other drugs and if used earlier in treatment might prevent relapse."
Breaks for families
We arrange days out for families who need a welcome break from the difficult circumstances they are going through.
Last Bonfire night we provided sucha a break for young Adam, a patient at the children's unit at the Royal Marsden in Sutton, and his family at Legoland Windsor.
Adam, his younger brother and his parents spent the day at the theme park which ended with a fireworks display.
We were so pleased to provide the family with a memorable day together including a photo package for them to keep. Fabian would have been so pleased for them.
We continue to supply Treat Bags for those who have to stay in hospital with their sick children. Pictured is Stella Burgess with Sister Alison delivering Treat Bags to the Children's ward at the Royal Marsden Hospital on 10th December 216.
Stella worked tirelessly to have 60 bags ready for parents staying on the ward. They contain everyday essentials for a hospital stay i.e toiletries plus some treats and little gifts like chocolates and photo key rings, perfume etc.
The bags are designed for both men and women and are so well received that we can hardly keep up with demand!