The Cardiff Blues will be giving there support to Velindre Hospital 'Stepping Stones Appeal' with a collection at the Cardiff Blues v Toulouse match.
There are nearly 2000 people newly diagnosed with lung cancer in Wales every year, so it is a significant health problem. Although most cases are associated with smoking, we are seeing and increasing number of sufferers who have never smoked. More people in the UK survive cancer now than ever thanks to early detection and better treatments.
Velindre Cancer Centre Lung Cancer Research Department have launched the 'Stepping Stones Appeal' to increase awareness of our work, and to raise the money necessary to continue to fund and expand our research programmes. The Lung Cancer Research Fund at Velindre Cancer Centre is managed by Dr Jason Lester and funds local research into treatments and management of the illness. Although lung cancer is the most common form of cancer death in Wales, lung cancer research has been relatively poorly supported compared to other higher profile forms of cancer. Despite record spending on research, other cancers with higher profiles and better survival rates receive nearly receive nearly two thirds of the money.
The Stepping Stones Appeal will provide:
Funding for local lung cancer research projects. It is increasingly difficult to fund research in medicine. Increased income means we will be able to provide support for local research projects looking at improving patient care.
Educational grants to doctors, nurses and other health professionals involved in the care of lung cancer patients. This will help us to provide the best care possible for lung cancer patients.
Equipment provision. Advances in technology mean that treatment is being delivered more efficiently and safely. The Stepping Stones Appeal will help purchase equipment to improve the way we treat lung cancer patients.
Despite encouraging progress over the last few years, lung cancer remains a difficult disease to treat. Your support of the Stepping Stones Appeal will help us to advance our research into lung cancer, stage by stage, step by step.
Cardiff Blues travel to Myreside on Friday to take on Edinburgh Rugby in a crucial Guinness PRO12 clash, and with Wales facing Scotland in the RBS 6 Nations at BT Murrayfield on Saturday, it promises to be a weekend of non-stop rugby action at the Scottish capital. Here are some useful advice to Cardiff Blues travelling supporters.
To celebrate the opening of the newly refurbished Guinness PRO12 Pack Bar, the world famous Irish brewer will be offering supporters free pints of the black stuff ahead of Saturday's clash with Ulster.
'TACKLE' - the first-ever joint community rugby initiative between the four professional teams in Wales has been launched (today Weds 19th October) bringing an inspiring new rugby education programme to young people in Communities First areas. Partners in the project were joined by Wales' star rugby internationals Sam Warburton (Cardiff Blues), Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys), Gareth Davies (Scarlets) and Hallam Amos (Newport Gwent Dragons), for the launch at Aberdare Community School.
The Welsh Rugby Union, together with Pro Rugby Wales, has secured significantly improved insurance cover for all registered players, coaches and referees at each of its member clubs and regions at reduced costs -working with Aon, one of the world's largest insurance brokers and risk advisors.