“It’s hard to describe the impact of meeting someone who has taken a leap of faith in your work,” said University of Western Australia researcher, Dr Archa Fox who recently met donor David Mason.David supports Dr Fox’s work through our research funding program.
Recently donors and researchers came together at our annual research lunch to announce this year’s successful funding recipients.
“I feel an enormous sense of responsibility to have received the Cancer Council grant, made possible through David’s generosity.
“It really makes everything more meaningful and provides a great incentive to spur you on particularly given the challenges as a career cancer researcher.”
Dr Fox said hearing stories about the personal impact of cancer also weigh heavily on her.
“I think the reminders of how devastating it can be to lose someone close to you (to cancer) gives me a greater sense of urgency about my work. It makes me feel like we really need to make inroads as fast as possible in order to make a difference to people’s lives.”
David Mason a long term supporter of cancer research after losing his wife to breast cancer several years ago chose to support Dr Fox’s research work through our program for the last three years because he feels it’s really worthwhile.
“I’ve found everyone connected with this Cancer Council research program to be very supportive and understanding.
“Having been through the experience of losing my wife to cancer, I have been left with a feeling of just wanting to help join the fight against this disease,” he said.
“Finding a dedicated researcher like Dr Fox gives me great confidence her work will eventually help a lot of people affected by breast cancer.”
Dr Fox from the School of Human Sciences and the School of Molecular Sciences at the University of Western Australia and the Harry Perkins Institute secured a $99,000 project grant to discover more about how a particular molecule, known as Neat 1, is linked to breast cancer metastasis.
Dr Fox’s project has significant potential to save lives given metastasis, or the spread of cancer cells, is the main cause of death for breast cancer patients. For further information about our research grant recipients visit our website.