Fundraiser takes to new heights to help beat cancer

Posted by ap507 at Aug 04, 2015 12:25 PM |
Former cancer patient diving from 15,000ft to support research at University of Leicester and Leicester’s Hospitals

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 4 August 2015

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A Leicester man is taking fundraising to new heights – 15,000ft, to be precise.

Daniel Hurst and six of his friends will be doing a sponsored tandem skydive from those dizzying heights to raise money to support research at the University of Leicester and Leicester’s Hospitals into the cancer that he fought.

Daniel was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2011 at the age of 26. After a long 12-month battle he was put in remission and has remained so since with the help of the doctors and nurses at the Leicester Royal Infirmary and the University of Leicester.

He has always wanted to do a skydive and wanted to give something back to the people who made it all possible. He will be raising money for the Ernest and Helen Scott Haematological Research Institute based at the University of Leicester. The skydive will take place on Saturday 8 August 2015 at Hibaldstow Airfield in Lincolnshire.

Daniel said: “I was diagnosed with a Hodgkins lymphoma & a non-Hodgkins lymphoma in the space of 12 months and it made me realise that research into this area needed a bit of help.  I had a chat with my doctor, Professor Martin Dyer, and he gave me the idea to do it for this charity as it close to both our hearts.

Daniel first met Professor Dyer in August 2011. “He was my doctor and gave me the terrible news that I was ill. Professor Dyer’s support was amazing and he was always trying to make me happy. He arranged for me to have a stem cell transplant which saved my life and I can’t thank him and all his staff enough for giving me the opportunity to see my daughter grow up. For that I will be forever grateful.

“All I can say is he is an amazing man and I am very thankful that I got to meet him as a person as well as my doctor.”

The Ernest and Helen Scott Haematological Research Institute was established in January 2014 thanks to a philanthropic gift in the Will of Helen Scott and is located within the University of Leicester. One of the principal aims of the Institute is to expedite the clinical development and assessment of new precision medicines for the treatment of lymphoid malignancies.

Professor Martin Dyer, Director of the Institute and Consultant Haematologist at Leicester’s Hospitals, said: “I can equally say that Daniel Hurst is an amazing young man who has had to face not one but two different forms of lymphoma in a very short space of time. He has done remarkably well, although it has taken intensive chemotherapy to get him to this stage. I am delighted he has chosen to support the research being carried out here in Leicester, which is opening new therapeutic possibilities for patients with lymphoma, using precision medicines that lack the toxicities of chemotherapy.”

Daniel added: “Life is not always easy and life is too short, live every day to the best you can as you just never know when life can change, like mine did at the age of 26. I hope the general public will see all the efforts we put in and try to do something themselves to raise money.”

Daniel and his friends will be making their skydive on Saturday 8 August. Donations to their cause can be made at https://www.justgiving.com/Daniel-Hurst3/

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