I'm not afraid of dying, but I am scared of what I’ll miss. I want to be here as long as possible so I can see my five children and any future grandchildren I may have, growing up. I'm proud to say my family, friends and myself have already raised £10,000 to go directly towards finding a cure for myeloma here in Sheffield.

Jaqui Copley, Fundraiser and patient with myeloma

Finding a cure for myeloma right here in Sheffield

Myeloma is a cancer of the plasma cells that are found in your bone marrow and make up your immune system. Unlike other cancers, it does not exist as a lump or a tumour. It causes bone disease, recurring infections, chronic fatigue and kidney damage. There is currently no cure. 

Dr. Chantry is leading a research project that trials a new therapy using a unique genetically engineered virus to kill the cancerous myeloma cells, without affecting the healthy cells. The results from preliminary studies have been extremely positive; after just two days of being introduced to this virus, it has shown to kill around 50% of myeloma cells and 100% after 4 days.

The research team needed £90,000 to continue this vital research project and thanks to your amazing generosity we have now reached this target.

Patients with myeloma now have hope. The hope that Dr. Andrew Chantry and his team of researchers can find a cure for this disease right here in Sheffield.

But there is still so much to do. We now need to raise an additional £50,000 to help develop better treatments for patients with myeloma. Dr. Chantry and his team need funding for two more research projects that will test new therapies.

One will look at targeting the hormone adrenomedullin which can encourage tumour growth and the other will focus on repairing bone which the disease has damaged.

More information about these incredibly important projects can be found below;