Running to tackle lung cancer

Funding a postgraduate researcher position one step at a time

Widower Chris Gatenby is fundraising to support postgraduate research into lung cancer in the University of York’s Department of Biology by running two miles a day every day in 2018.

Chris’s wife, Georgie, very sadly died of lung cancer last year, aged just 37. The disease is the biggest cancer killer of women in the UK, with a higher mortality rate than breast and ovarian cancer combined. While there is a strong link between lung cancer and smoking, many sufferers, like Georgie, are non-smokers.

Chris aims to raise £25,000 through his ‘Jog For Georgie’ challenge to support a research student in the laboratory of Dr Dawn Coverley in the Department of Biology for a year. Dr Coverley’s research group looks at how cancer cells form, and is trying to understand the earliest changes that occur allowing cells to become dangerous.

Dr Coverley said: “Progress in cancer research is usually the result of many small steps forward, but having an extra researcher will help us progress a little bit faster towards new ways to treat people with lung cancer.”