Art, music, science and sport entertained supporters of Debbie Fund who attended a dinner on 7th October 2010, in the Mayfair headquarters of the English-Speaking Union. During the dinner, hosted by Mark Phillips to thank donors and supporters, guests were told how, in six extraordinary months, Debbie Fund had raised in excess of £423,000, in cash and pledges, for cervical cancer research.
Master of Ceremonies was actor Tony Howes, a friend of Mark and Debbie for thirty years, who compèred the evening with great humour and delivered a poignant tribute to Debbie in the form of a scene from Romeo and Juliet.
Dr Tim Meyer, consultant oncologist at UCL, introduced the UCL academics who will lead the Debbie Fund research team and reiterated the need for research into treatment for cervical cancer, which is..
“ ..the second leading cause of cancer death in women worldwide. Whilst early stage disease can be cured with conventional treatments including surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy, if patients relapse, the prognosis is poor and most women will die within 5 years. New and effective treatments are urgently needed”.
He outlined how money raised by Debbie Fund is being used to improve understanding and treatment of this disease.
“Within ten years we believe the fund will have made a difference to the outlook for women with advanced cervical cancer.”