Solving Kids’ Cancer is thrilled to welcome one of the UK’s most celebrated performers, Rob Brydon, as our first charity Patron. Rob joins the charity, in this most extraordinary and challenging of years, to help support and highlight Solving Kids’ Cancer’s vision for a future where no child dies from the childhood cancer neuroblastoma or suffers due to the treatment they receive.
“I am honoured to be the charity’s first patron, I have had a personal connection to Solving Kids’ Cancer for many years and their work is a cause that is very close to my heart. I’m looking forward to supporting their work and to celebrating the festive season with them at their virtual Christmas Carol Concert.”
Rob has a very personal connection to Solving Kids’ Cancer, having supported Matt White, Solving Kids’ Cancer Trustee, and his family, when their son Felix was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in 2009 at the age of 4. Felix sadly passed away when he was just 6, but it is children like Felix and their families that drive the passion and ambition of Solving Kids’ Cancer; to bring innovative less toxic treatments for neuroblastoma closer to home, the funding of clinical research, and to provide much needed support to families from the point of diagnosis.
Gail Jackson, CEO, said, “We are absolutely thrilled and privileged that Rob is supporting our cause as our first Solving Kids’ Cancer Patron. The work we do is incredibly important, and this year has been particularly difficult for the children and families we support. Rob's support will help us continue to raise awareness of neuroblastoma and highlight our unswerving ambition to make a real difference for the children we support and their families.”
Around 100 children a year in the UK are diagnosed with neuroblastoma, of which approximately half will be classified as high-risk. It is a rare and aggressive childhood cancer and the vast majority of children diagnosed are under 5, despite intensive multi-modal therapy long-term survival from the high-risk form of the disease remains around 40-50%. Solving Kids’ Cancer supports families and their children throughout their cancer journey and is committed to funding research to bring better and less toxic treatment options to the UK for children fighting this deadly disease. The charity receives no statutory funding to deliver its vital work and relies on the generosity of its passionate supporters to ensure research to inform future treatments can continue.