West Pennant Hills-Cherrybrook Lions Club and The NSW Lions Public Health Foundation has donated $15,000 to enable the Westmead Children’s Cancer Research Unit (CCRU) to purchase urgently needed equipment used to treat child cancer patients.
The West Pennant Hills-Cherrybrook Lions Club is a major donor to the CCRU and its donation this year has enabled them to purchase a new refrigerated centrifuge.
The centrifuge machine was desperately needed to replace a machine that had become unuseable through age.
The Research Unit is conducting gene therapy trials on child cancer sufferers and the centrifuge is used to process the patient’s blood. Without a reliable centrifuge the trials cannot proceed.
Gene therapy is being developed by researchers to give young cancer patients improved outcomes and cure rates compared to chemotherapy, which has unpleasant side effects.