York Against Cancer was founded in 1987 by two surgeons and a research scientist - with invaluable support from the business community.
The founders believed that facilities for cancer patients in York were not as good as they could be - and they felt that more could be done to encourage research collaboration between York (District) Hospital and the University of York.
From the outset, they felt that the charity should focus on three separate areas:
Because we are a small, local charity we are flexible enough to respond quickly to the needs of those affected by cancer. We fund facilities and services that are not provided by any other organisations.
Many of the care services we provide are innovative.... indeed we are proud of our record of introducing services that are later adopted by the NHS or other service providers.
We recognise that cancer affects not just those diagnosed but also their families and carers. We recognise too, that the effects of cancer go way beyond the diagnosis and many of the services we provide are designed to help people deal with emotional, financial, even social issues.
Our education commitment ensures that local people from school children to the wider community are more aware of the causes of cancer, ways to identify the disease at an early stage - and lifestyle choices to help prevent it occurring. The research we undertake involves collaboration between York Hospital and the University of York. In addition to achieving some remarkable results, it provides an opportunity for students and young medical graduates to gain their first experiences of research.
Our achievements are only possible because of the generosity of local people who organise fundraising events and donate money from a few pence to many thousands of pounds.
To all past and future supporters... may we take this opportunity to thank you - and hope that we can count on your support for many years to come!