After raising over £25k for Cancer research this year doing the three peak challenge Cancer Research invited us to go and meet the scientists that work on the cures for Cancer. Katie Wild from the three peaks team and I jumped at the chance and went along to meet the heros that work on cures for cancer.
Cancer Research has several labs doted around the UK me went to the one at St Bart’s.
We had a talk describing to us exactly what Cancer is. Explaining how it is normal cells that change and grow in an uncontrolled way. Basically mutated cells. Cancer cells grow really quickly and become a lump which is called a tumour.
The CRUK representative also described the way CRUK work and how their labs work.
Then it was time for the tour. After donning lab coats, the first two lady scientists we met in the labs were working on reducing the side effects of chemo. Chemo kills all fast growing cells. Your hair and stomach cells are fast growing cells, the same as cancer cells, which is why you get sick and your hair falls out. These amazing ladies are testing different things to try and work out how to isolate just the cancer cells.
We then met a male scientist who was working on the cure on lung cancer. He explained where they were at with this. I could try to explain but it is better if you have a read here
http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/cancer-info/news/archive/pressrelease/2013-11-11-lung-cancer-lock-and-key he has been working on this for ten years.The thing that struck me most about the scientists we met was how passionate they were and how much they loved their jobs. I take my hat off to them, they must have the patience of a saint working for ten years on the same thing.
We then went to see where they store the cells and to look at them under a microscope. When in this room you can see just how much it costs to do the research. Everything costs thousands of pounds and they have to throw some of the equipment away as soon as they use it as it is so important to keep everything sterile, otherwise none of the experiments work. I spent more time flirting with the boys in my science class at school rather than actually learning about science, it was shocking to realise how much each experiment costs.
So I’m defo glad we got invited to go along and here’s to hoping we can raise shitloads of money next year to help the scientists do more work. It was really great to see where the money is all going and meet enthusiastic scientists who thanked us for our fundraising.