In 2016, The Freemasons’ Grand Charity’s Committee generously donated £72,000 to drive forward our understanding of the biology of children’s cancers. Our research aims to develop genetic tests to help clinicians choose the best possible treatment regimes. These tests will lessen the need for painful tumour biopsies and lead to more effective and kinder treatments for children.
The ICR’s Professor Louis Chesler, who is leading this study, said: “We are working on developing safer and kinder treatments for children with cancer. That we are able to do so is, in no small part, thanks to our donors. This award from the Freemasons’ Grand Charity will help us to develop tests to understand the genetic make-up of a child’s cancer. We hope it will lead to a significant step-change in the delivery of treatment for children with cancer. We are enormously grateful for this support.”
Laura Chapman, Chief Executive of The Freemasons’ Grand Charity, said: “This vital research at the ICR will discover essential information that will hopefully limit the debilitating effects cancer has on children.”
The Freemasons’ Grand Charity is now preparing to merge with the three other Masonic charities to form the new Masonic Charitable Foundation. The new Foundation will seek to further those causes about which Freemasons, and their families, are most concerned. Advancing medical research will remain as a key priority for their grant-making. We look forward to many more years of working with and benefiting from the generosity of the Freemasons.