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The Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust

We are the only UK charity funding medical research specifically into cancer affecting teenagers and young adults, where it can frequently strike in dangerous and complex forms. We also fund measures to improve the quality of life for young cancer patients, both during and in the aftermath of their illnesses. Read on to see the most recent projects we are funding with the University of Huddersfield and with local and National hospitals.

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Registered charity no. 1138003

Member since February 2018

About us

The Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust supports measures to improve the quality of life for teenage cancer patients during their frequent and debilitating stays in hospitals. Teenagers are an age group onto themselves and require occupational and social activities to help keep up their motivation.

Did you know…?

1 - Each year we deliver thousands of gifts to young cancer patients across the UK at Christmas? In 2018 we delivered 1,281 to 43 hospitals.

2 - We provide grants! We have granted 32 grants (as at the end of 2017) for young cancer patients in the Yorkshire area, to invest in something that would improve their quality of life during and after treatment.

3 - We have provided 18 hospitals across the UK (as at the end of 2017) with laptop libraries to enable those in isolation communicate with the outside world.

4 - We work with 43 hospitals across the UK, as well as collaboratively with other organisations to maximise reach and ensure that all young cancer patients receive the support they need to fight cancer.

RESEARCH funded from the money we raise helps increase understanding of cancer in 13-24-year-olds, improves treatments, brings new and exciting breakthroughs and better methods of prevention and detection, and ultimately saves more young lives.

84% of teenagers and young adults have survived cancer for more than 5 years in England and Wales; that is four out of five young people. We want that to continue improving.

Research Case Study: The University of Huddersfield aims to develop new treatments specifically for young people, developing a new form of treatment based on the molecule named CD40, which destroys cancerous tumours without harming healthy cell tissue. We were excited to find out about this breakthrough and have pledged ongoing support and funding to this project.

The University's Dr Nik Georgopoulos is leading the research and is delighted that his work has a new dimension, thanks to the Trust's backing. "We are trying to understand if CD40 is capable of killing tumour cells that specifically originate from people who are younger. We need to find out if it is possible to develop a therapy especially for them." said Dr Georgopoulos. The Trust's funding pays for a specially-appointed doctoral researcher, who will research how the new treatment regime can be targeted at cancer in young people. The Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust will also contribute towards the major upgrade of a scanning device that is crucial to Dr Georgopoulos's lab research.

How can you help join our fight against cancer and you can make a huge difference to thousands of young cancer patients across the UK?
Go to http://www.lauracranetrust.org/how-to-help/ to find out more