The Bob Champion Cancer Trust
It was 1979 and Bob Champion was riding high in his career. Then came the news that no one wants to hear - he had cancer in two parts of his body and possibly only a few months to live. The dream that kept him going through the long months of chemotherapy, was that one day he might win the Grand National on Aldaniti.
Against all the odds, in 1981 his dream came true. Not only did he win a very public victory in the Grand National, but also a very personal victory against cancer.
In 1983, the interest and enthusiasm generated by "racing’s greatest fairy tale" led to the foundation of The Bob Champion Cancer Trust. Five years later, nearly to the day of the victory, the Bob Champion Cancer Research Unit was opened within the Royal Marsden NHS Trust Hospital in Sutton, Surrey.
The Trust’s commitments have extended beyond the Unit with two patient-related projects; the Aldaniti Rehabilitation Unit plus the Bob Champion Lounge, a leisure area for those having prolonged in-patient care.
The Bob Champion Research Centre for Urological Cancer forms part of the first male dedicated cancer research centre in the UK and helps bring together research expertise into prostate, testicular and bladder cancers.
Our aims are to improve methods of detection and treatment, to identify cancer genes, and ultimately to eradicate male cancers.
The success of The Bob Champion Cancer Trust in the research field owes much to our policy of rapid assessment for funding of carefully selected research projects, thereby opening the way to early investigation of any potential advances in treatment.