Rosemere Cancer Foundation have revealed their plans for this year’s Cheeky Santa Dash. The annual festive 5k run normally takes place in Avenham Park, but this year, it must be a little different.

Instead of the usual mass-participation event, Rosemere are asking supporters to take on the 5k distance either on their own or in their family/ friendship bubble, at some point between Saturday, 21st November and Sunday, 13th December.

Instead of running in the park, the suggested route this year is a there-and-back stretch of Preston’s Guild Wheel that is dedicated to Ben Ashworth, who passed away from bowel cancer in 2017 after years of fundraising for Rosemere and other cancer charities, and who, along with wife Louise, started the annual Santa Dash.

Rosemere Cancer Foundation

The fundraising event is just £10 to enter (or go for sponsorship if you choose), and all runners are invited to dress up for their run if they are brave enough – it is a Santa dash after all! To find out more or register, click here.

Dr Natalie Charnley to lead study into immunotherapy treatment for kidney cancer

Rosemere also report that thanks to the support of their generous donors and fundraisers, they are delighted to be supporting a promising study into the use of an immunotherapy treatment for the benefit of kidney cancer patients.

An amazing total of £33,254.25 was awarded to consultant oncologist Dr Natalie Charnley (pictured), who is based at Rosemere Cancer Centre at the Royal Preston Hospital – Lancashire and South Cumbria’s specialist regional cancer treatment and radiotherapy centre.

Rosemere Cancer Foundation Dr Natalie Charnley

Dr Charnley is leading on a study that is investigating patient response to nivolumab, an immunotherapy medicine, which works by blocking a protein that slows down the immune system and stops it from attacking cancer cells.

The money will go to fund PET scans for patients, enabling clinicians to look for early signs that the treatment is working, ensuring the patients receive the most effective, tailor-made care possible.

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