Those who know me know of my ongoing and committed battle with cancer. I do not have it myself but it has entered my home, uninvited and silently as if smoke under a gap in the door. It has made me very sick and it has taken the best part of my life. It came to the wrong house. It might have been mistaken in thinking because of my size I would not fight back. It was wrong.
But honestly it’s exhausting trying to cure cancer on my own these days, if only someone would help me with this mammoth task; I’ve enlisted the help of someone only marginally more suited to the job. He is the famous Professor Justin Stebbing or ‘God’ as he’s known in the oncology world. He is a doctor but far more importantly he is a scientist. He runs an independent lab. in Hammersmith hospital, researching the cancer ‘brain’ He is leading pioneering research that generations of scientists will refer to. In 2011 his team discovered the cancer causing gene ‘LMTK3.’ The team have found that this gene promotes resistance to treatment for breast, lung, colon and brain cancer sufferers. Action Against Cancer is the charity funding Stebbing’s research. They are supporting the development of a revolutionary new drug that will block this gene. Stebbbing believes he is working with some future Nobel prize winners. “The goal is to make life saving treatment and not Profits”, therefore A.A.C. are not affiliated with any large pharmaceutical companies.
So Harry and I go to meet him and his team of brainiacs . We are promising him a large chunk of a pot of money we are planning to raise over the next few years, and beyond. We have given the lab the entirety of an initial amount raised in a few weeks after James died and are hoping to continue this support, albeit on a much bigger scale.
We could never have imagined what we were shown in these labs. It was like a whole new world was opened up to us, we were floored, astounded and couldn’t quite believe what we were seeing and being told. It was information overload. Stebbing was like a kid in a candy shop, showing us all his technology. We even got to see the cell’s food- foetal calf serum, kept in a freezer chilled to minus 80 degrees.
A doctor friend had told us about Stebbing back in January after we had stumbled on the below documentary and for the first time James and I were able to hope. The documentary had a huge effect on James and it should be watched by anyone who is in any way effected by cancer.