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

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

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 Ewings Sarcoma and Neuroblastoma. It also attracts funding from other research bodies.

In among the research we’ve helped fund are:

  • Neuroblastoma research
  • Fertility research projects
  • Brain tumour research projects
  • Research into symptom prevalence and profiles in childhood cancer and leukaemia
  • Development of the Yorkshire Specialist Register of cancer and leukaemia in children and young adults.
  • Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia projects

Below we will post details of specific research projects Candlelighters have supported so far.