Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Gary Lineker & Harry Moseley

The first face-to-face interview in this humbling process of collecting tributes for the inspirational Harry Moseley was with England football legend and prolific crisp thief, Gary Lineker.

Gary knows all too well the indiscriminate nature of cancer; his son, George, was diagnosed with a rare form of leukaemia as a baby. Fortunately, though, he fought it off and is now a 20-year-old man – thanks, no doubt, to the money raised for cancer research in the years and decades before he was even born.

The following is a passage from a BBC article on Chloe Gambrill, who was diagnosed with leukaemia at the age of six:

Cancer Research UK estimates that about 5,600 more children have survived for at least five years after being diagnosed with cancer than they would have done if survival rates had remained as they were in the early 1970s.

In the early 70s, 33% of children survived leukaemia. Today survival rates stand at more than 80%.

This increase in survival is largely due to the development of combination chemotherapy, which uses a number of different drugs.

And survival rates from neuroblastoma (a nerve tissue cancer) in children have risen from 17 to 64%.

Prof Peter Johnson, Cancer Research UK's chief clinician, said: "More children are surviving cancer than ever before and our efforts are continuing to make an even bigger impact.

"Childhood cancers are difficult to research, with relatively few children diagnosed each year. But our researchers are continuing our efforts to find ways to diagnose the disease earlier and looking for new drugs and making the existing treatments even more effective.

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