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20 August 2014
The European Cancer Stem Cell Research Institute, one of Cardiff University’s high profile research facilities, is delighted that the Enterprise Holdings Foundation has selected them as their chosen charity to support for the next year.
The Institute is the only centre in Europe completely focussed on cancer stem cell research and as a charity, relies on additional support from societies such as the Enterprise Holdings Foundation. One hundred per cent of all donations go directly into its laboratory.
Morgan, Strategic Account Manager for Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Wales and South
West England first became aware of the Institute via information sent out on
World Cancer Day and from there, met with Director of the Institute, Professor
greatly impressed with the way that Professor Clarke explained the work of the
Institute," said Catrin. "With what is a complex and highly emotive subject
matter, it didn’t take long to convince me to go back to our trustees at the
Foundation to suggest that they support this cause for the next year. What is
also impressive is that this world-leading research is being conducted on my
doorstep here in Cardiff and I am very much looking forward to planning a
number of fundraising events in aid of the Institute."
The Institute’s mission is to change the current situation
of inefficient drug development and a poor understanding of some cancerous
tumours. "Cancer remains one of the major challenges in terms of life
expectancy and is recognised as the second largest cause of mortality within
the EU," said Professor Alan Clarke. "For some tumour types, our understanding
of how to treat patients is so inadequate that they are currently virtually
untreatable. From our improved basic research, the aim will be to develop new
therapies which can be shown to make a real difference in the clinic and
transform the survival rates for patients suffering from a range of cancer
"Being associated with a global brand such as Enterprise is
a great boost for the Institute," continued Professor Clarke. "We were equally
impressed with their social corporate responsibility programme and our
collaboration seems like the perfect fit and we look forward to showing them
how their fundraising efforts are being put to good use in our laboratory."
Foundation, based in St. Louis, USA, is part of the parent group that operates
Enterprise Rent-A-Car. Currently operating more than 370 locations across the
UK, with over 3,000 employees, three quarters of the UK population are within
five miles of an Enterprise branch.
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