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Cancer Researchers Pass the Baton

Researchers at Bangor University have joined the ‘Pass the Baton for Cancer’ initiative in a bid to raise much needed funds to support their life-saving work.

Cancer researchers from Bangor

Dr Chris Staples and his team, based in the North West Cancer Research Institute at
Bangor University, have taken on the Welsh coastline and remotely traversed the entire 870-mile length of the Wales Coastal Path.

Ensuring social distancing was adhered to, the team each contributed to the 870 miles in June and July, by walking running or cycling.

The fundraiser, which so far has brought in over £1,300 for the Charity, will go
toward supporting cancer research projects across the North West and North Wales and couldn’t have come at a better time as the coronavirus lockdown forced the Charity to cancel all planned events and fundraising.

Dr Staples said: “Cancer is a complex disease, but most cancers share a number
of common features. Among these are high levels of damage to the DNA and thanks to
funding from North West Cancer Research, our laboratory has identified a series of
new proteins that help repair broken DNA.

“We hope to investigate further over the years and identify new ways to treat cancer, but the only way to do that is through funding from charities like North West Cancer Research. As a team, we wanted to give back to the Charity in a big way and make sure research continues to move forward.”