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The MCBC Fund was set up in November 2003 following the death of Mark Cross,
aged 42, of Bone Cancer. Mark died at the beginning of September 2003, nearly
two years after he received this diagnosis.
Bone Cancer is a rare but highly aggressive cancer. The treatment is very harsh. Extensive research is needed for these rare cancers, so more can be learnt about them, to find better treatments and ultimately provide a more positive prognosis.
Bone Cancer is a rare but highly aggressive cancer. The treatment is very harsh. Extensive research is needed for these rare cancers, to learn more about them, find better treatments and ultimately provide a more positive prognosis.
Together with trustees for the University College London Hospitals' [UCLH] Charities, Mrs Jill Cross soon set up the Mark Cross Bone Cancer Fund. Mark’s oncologist, Dr Jeremy Whelan, senior consultant medical Oncologist at the Meyerstein Institute of Oncology at University College Hospital [UCH], will use the Fund for research; Dr Whelan is one of very few experts in this country on bone cancer. The money we raise both helps finance research into bone cancer, and also raises public awareness of this cruel disease. In June 2005, thanks to many people's contributions and committed fund raising, the Mark Cross Bone Cancer Fund presented £36,000 to Dr Jeremy Whelan, who spoke about bone cancer and the specific research project the Fund supports, mainly in the form of providing the salary of a researcher. This has enabled real progress in laboratory work, which hopefully will transfer into better treatments. At Jan 2009, the Fund has raised another £40,000 plus. This has been earmarked to help fund necessary start-up equipment for a new affiliated lab devoted solely to bone sarcoma research at UCLH.
Mark Cross was a remarkable person who showed so much courage, bravery and determination throughout his illness. He never lost his wicked sense of humour and was always positive despite several setbacks, and the dreadful side effects of his treatment. He was generous, confident, ambitious, loved life and lived it to the full. Mark achieved more in his 42 years than many during a much longer lifetime. He enriched the lives of those who knew him and he left a legacy and an attitude to life that we will learn from and remember.
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