West Pennant Hills-Cherrybrook Lions Club has in 2020 donated $17,000 to the Westmead Children’s Cancer Research Unit (CCRU) to enable the purchase of a Controlled Rate Freezer.
The Controlled Rate Freezer has been on the CCRU’s highest priority list for two years and the Lions Club’s donation will facilitate the purchase. This expensive freezer will enable work to be performed in a clean room environment, where scientists perform gene therapy, which gives young cancer patients improved outcomes and cure rates compared to chemotherapy.
The Children’s Hospital at Westmead cares for several hundred young cancer patients every year. Of these, more than half are enrolled in clinical trials that provide access to drugs that have been shown to work. This gives young children and their families’ new hope using the latest treatments.
The West Pennant Hills-Cherrybrook Lions Club is a major donor to the CCRU, a position it has held for many years now. The Lions Club’s annual Charity Raffle raises funds to assist the unit’s equipment needs as well as support the dedicated team of researchers continuing their wonderful work.