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Ollie and Kate are running the 2015 London Marathon in order to raise money for high impact medical research in London, with the aim of finding a cure and effective treatment for Chordoma - a rare and relentless primary bone cancer that can occur in people of all ages.
Ollie's mother, Sue, was diagnosed with Chordoma in 2008. His parents have now established Chordoma UK, which launched in March 2013 as a national fund raising initiative.
Chordoma is a rare primary bone cancer, meaning that it arises in bone (rather than spreads to bone). The bones involved are those at the base of the skull, the vertebral bodies (back bones), and the bone of the sacrum and coccyx at the base of the spine. Chordoma is thought to arise from a persistent embryonic tissue (notochordal cells), which normally disappears before birth, but can persist in some people. However, the majority of individuals with notochordal remnants do not develop chordoma. Chordoma is part of a family of cancers called sarcoma, which include cancers of the bones, cartilage, muscles and other connective tissue. Chordomas are generally slow growing, and tend to recur after treatment.
Do visit the Chordoma website for further information on this terrible disease - www.chordoma-uk.org.
If you would like further information or wish to help shape the future of Chordoma UK send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Chordoma UK is administered as part of UCL Cancer InstituteResearch Trust, a registered charity. Every single penny of your donation will go directly to Chordoma Research at the UCL Cancer Institute, and the work of leading research professor Adrienne Flanaghan,
Thank you so much for your support,
Kate and Ollie.