— The Josh Carrick Foundation

Big love to all our London to Brighton Bike riders. Here are a few snaps from the day!

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Massive thank you to our supporters who have helped us fund some fantastic research at the Francis Crick Institute. To read more please click the link below.

Francis Crick Institute’s 2017/18 Annual Review

Francis Crick Institute's 2017/18 Annual Review

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“Exponential-e chose the Josh Carrick Foundation as it truly is for a great cause and opened so many eyes to testicular cancer, especially the 80 young lads playing with us at the event, this event was a great success and even better Steve could be here to accept the cheque. We hope to continue raising for them in future and bring on the next channel cup in 2019”

Ruby Wade, Channel Marketing Executive, Exponential-e Limited

Thanks to all who took part an amazing 7k raised for the Josh Carrick Foundation! #takesballs 

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The Josh Carrick Foundation was honoured for a sixth time as charity of choice for the Resi Awards.

Donation envelopes were left on each table for guests with a prize draw to win a visit to the Francis Crick Institute (a world leading interdisciplinary medical research facility and the largest of its kind in Europe).  We raised over £12,000 so thank you to everyone for their generous donations.

We were delighted to be able to provide an update about the Foundation and Trustee Laura Nyavie gave a fantastic speech – some pics of this below.

A huge thank you from all the trustees to everyone at the RESI Awards and Property Week for their help organising this opportunity for us.

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The Francis Crick Institute is a world leading interdisciplinary medical research facility and the largest of its kind in Europe. The institute hosts world leading researchers, dedicated to tackling the biggest questions that face health research today. At the heart of the institute is a drive to promote cross-fertilisation between studies of different diseases. The revolutionary method hopes to promote sharing of research across disciplines, heightening the impact of key findings to reach a range of diseases. Cancer research is key within this, and the Josh Carrick Foundation are proud to be long supporters of Dr Erik Sahai, who recently moved to the Crick.

At the Josh Carrick Foundation charity fundraising dinner last November we were lucky to offer an auction prize of an exclusive tour of this incredible institute. Here are a few pics from the day of our JCF supporters Steve and Sue Lestrange on the tour.


Want to know more? Read the Crick One Year On update here

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To complete a Spartan Trifecta takes physical and mental strength, pushing you to your absolute limit every step of the way.

Angelo will have to finish one of every Spartan distance – Sprint, Super and Beast (or Ultra) – in a calendar year (January 1st – December 31st), anywhere in the world.

Sprint: 5km+, 20+ obstacles

Super: 13km+, 25+ obstacles

Beast: 20km+, 30+ obstacles

To show your support you can sponsor Angelo here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/nact

Good luck Angelo from all of us at JCF! Big love xxx

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An interview with Dr Pule about his lab’s pioneering immunotherapy work at UCL Cancer Institute that the Josh Carrick Foundation is helping to fund.

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Update from The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity

Dr Robert Huddart

Your generous gifts support the life-changing testicular cancer research driven by world-leading experts at The Royal Marsden. We are very grateful to The Josh Carrick Foundation, and to everyone who fundraises for and donates to the Foundation throughout the year. Thanks to you, we are able to continue innovating kinder, more effective treatments for this disease.
It is with great pleasure that we provide an update on the progress Professor Robert Huddart has been able to make with the Platinum Study over the past few months.

The Platinum Study

In the UK, the number of people diagnosed with testicular cancer is projected to rise by 12% over the next 20 years. The prognosis for patients is continuing to improve, largely thanks to the continued development of effective treatments like the chemotherapy drug, cisplatin. Therefore, it is more important than ever that we ensure all patients can enjoy the best quality of life in their survivorship years.

Through The Platinum Study, Professor Huddart and his team aim to examine the long-term health of men who have been treated for testicular cancer with cisplatin chemotherapy. Specifically, the study is exploring ototoxicity (damage to the ear, affecting hearing and balance) and neurotoxicity (damage to the nervous system, causing numbness or affecting the brain) resulting from cisplatin.
As part of their participation in the study, patients provide a blood sample, complete a questionnaire on their quality of life, allow vital signs to be collected, and attend a hearing test. The research team will then analyse each patients’ genetic makeup and the side effects they are experiencing from treatment. They hope to be able to identify the genes that are associated with severe side effects, in order to help doctors determine which patients should receive cisplatin, and which would benefit from an alternative treatment.

Our progress so far

A large number of the patient population who attend our testicular cancer clinic are eligible for the study and we have been able to consistently recruit four to five patients each week. Patients are keen to participate and share their experiences of the treatment and the side effects they have experienced. Since the study opened in March 2016, we have now recruited nearly 150 participants. Despite starting recruitment two years after our partners in the United States, we are proud to be one of the highest recruiters in the study.

Early results have documented high levels of cisplatin-induced hearing problems in patients with a particular gene. Excitingly, this means that in the future, doctors could use this information to avoid prescribing cisplatin to people who carry this gene, thus saving them from suffering hearing problems later in life.

Our next steps

In order to reach our target recruitment, we have recently received approval to extend the study to July 2018. Furthermore, Professor Huddart is currently speaking with the lead institution in the United States, to discuss potentially extending the study for an additional five years. This will enable the international research teams to gather a vast evidence base, develop their work further, and, ultimately, have a more significant impact on how treatment decisions are made for individual patients.

Thank you

As a specialist cancer hospital with an international reputation, we have a responsibility to innovate and ensure that we continue to drive forward advances in treatment to give the ever-growing number of cancer patients a greater chance of being cured.

We are making incredible progress and changing countless lives, but none of this is possible without donations from those who are passionate about making a difference and investing in a better future. Thank you for your committed support. Together, we can develop better, kinder treatments for patients at The Royal Marsden and world-wide.

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I woke on Sunday morning with the dreaded “maranoia”. The fear that I couldn’t do it was very real! Needless to say, once I was up and I’d tucked into a race worthy breakfast that feeling began to subside. The realisation that I was about to do something big for a very worthy cause was all the motivation I needed, knowing I was the only runner out of tens of thousands representing this amazing foundation filled me with overwhelming emotion – composure was needed!

I jumped in the car kitted out and drove to Baker Street, whilst thinking – this is it, the day has arrived! I parked up no problem, then flagged down a black cab to take me to Cannon Street Station so I could grab my train to Greenwich for the start.
My cab driver was a superstar, being a runner himself he had experienced the marathon before and gave me some helpful tips, most notably “make use of the free Vaseline and enjoy yourself” if this advice was given in any other context it would be sure to raise a few eyebrows!

At Cannon Street, the station was packed out with a variety of people, of all ages, in a multitude of coloured vests and after a cursory look around the majority were running for charity. Everyone had a smile on their faces, admittedly some more nervous than others but we all had the same purpose. To get around the 26.2 miles (making use of the free Vaseline) to do our charities, friends and family proud….

Packed like Lemmings we all exited the train and took the ten minute walk to the start line. I had never seen so many people!
Everyone did their individual prep, stretching, kissing a loved one goodbye or eating a banana – My personal choice involved taking selfies to send to my friends as proof that I was actually there!
I got completely swept up in the atmosphere….at the start line people were telling me they were looking to complete it in under 3.30hrs, sub 4, sub 5hrs. I thought am I in the wrong place, is this the elite runners start line??! Shall I move to the back? Then I turned around and saw a 7ft gingerbread man! Phew, I’ll be ok!

And so, to the race itself – I won’t lie, it wasn’t pretty, I had to really dig deep and thanks to my inner determination, more strapping than Jordan and remembering why I was running this marathon I popped in my headphones selected my playlist, raised up my head and put one foot in front of the other.
The atmosphere was electric, the crowd were better than any football/rugby match I have been too, supporting and encouraging every runner. I devoured every jelly bean, sweet and bit of chocolate I could get my hands on as well as drank what felt like my body weight in water.

My family were at mile 14, my mum almost jumped into the race itself and seeing them for the first time that day I had to use all my will power to hold it together. They were there again at mile 19 and 23!
At mile 21 I really started to flag, my body was screaming for me to stop but my head kept saying keep going – think of the money you’re raising, all the support you’ve had – so I dug deep and plodded on, and I mean plodded. The fact I was overtaken by a Green Dragon with pink spots at mile 24, admittedly added to my sudden sense of urgency and desire to get to the finish line. And I did, in a respectable 5hrs 31mins….!

To sum the day up it was a mind over matter battle and a complete emotional rollercoaster. One that I am extremely proud of and to know that I have helped raise awareness and money for a cause so close to my heart is something I will cherish for a very long time.

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Here are a few pics from our wonderful Hackney Half runners Tom Phillips, Amy Cook and Paul Wood.

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