Fight for Life was formed in 1996 to raise funds to build a dedicated children’s radiotherapy unit at the Middlesex Hospital. In January 2000 the unit moved to a brand new dedicated cancer unit installed at the new hospital. To mark this occasion, Fight for Life’s patron, Gary Lineker, opened the unit, and the committee funded a state of the art Linear Accelerator radiotherapy machine enabling treatment with the best possible precision and speed. Since then, the fund has provided so much more:
Currently only available in the USA and in some part of Europe, Proton Beam Therapy uses high energy protons to target cancer cells with reduced side effects to surrounding areas or organs. The arrival of PBT in the UK will mean children will no longer have to travel abroad for treatment.
Fight for Life and Young Fight for Life is staffed solely by volunteers and all contributions go directly to the fund. Read more about the work.