Fund-raisers have handed over £30,000 to help treat patients with pancreatic cancer at Leicester’s hospitals. The money was raised by supporters of Brown Dog who took part in the Leicestershire charity’s 2012 “wild Land’s End” challenge. They walked 40 miles in 23 hours along the rugged Cornish coast. The charity has donated nearly £150,000 to Leicester’s hospitals in recent years. The latest donation meant the hospitals were able to buy more specialist endoscopic ultrasound scopes.
Mark Storer, who founded the charity, said: “We are always keen to ensure that every penny we raise is used to purchase essential equipment that will directly helppeople fighting cancer. “It is also important to us to be able show the people who kindly supported us exactly how their good money was used to make a real difference to patients and hospital staff.”
The scopes are used to produce highly detailed pictures of the pancreas and can be used to diagnose pancreatic cancer. They can also be used to treat some of the symptoms of the disease such as pain, and help to manage complications from acute pancreatitis, a life-threatening illness.
Dr Sudarshan Kadri, a consultant gastroenterologist at Leicester’s hospitals, will also use the equipment to train other consultants. This will also improve the availability of the procedure for patients across the East Midlands.
Giuseppe Garcea, clinical director of cancer services for Leicester’s hospitals, said: “We are very grateful to members of Brown Dog cancer charity for its kind donation, which will make a significant impact on the quality of the service we provide.”
The Brown Dog charity was named after Mark Storer’s Labrador Colin.
He founded it after being diagnosed with testicular cancer and discovering the disease had spread to his lungs and lymph nodes in 1999.
Mark responded to chemotherapy and a year later was told he was in the clear.
By Leicester Mercury | Posted: October 16, 2015
By Cathy Buss