Putting Yorkshire at the forefront of cancer research

Saving more children and their families from the devastating consequences of cancer depends on continuous research.

When Candlelighters was formed in the 1970s, sadly very few of the children survived (just 10%), but today things are different. Research and medicine have advanced so much over the years that now more than 80% of children go on to lead normal, healthy lives

The Candlelighters Children’s Cancer Research Laboratory opened in 1992, as a result of a huge five-year fundraising campaign. Led by Professor Sue Burchill, the laboratory now enjoys an international reputation, particularly for research into Ewing sarcoma and neuroblastoma. It also attracts funding from other research bodies.

In addition to our Candlelighters Children’s Cancer Research Laboratory in Leeds, we also help fund external research projects across Yorkshire.

Just some of the other research projects we’ve helped fund are:

  • Neuroblastoma research
  • Fertility research
  • Brain tumour research
  • Research into symptom prevalence and profiles in childhood cancer and leukaemia
  • Development of the Yorkshire Specialist Register of Cancer in Children and Young People
  • Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia projects

We are currently working on some new pages to tell you all about the exciting and innovative research we’ve funded over the years – check back soon for more information!