Abbie's Army

 

Abbie's Army has been formed by the family of Abbie Mifsud. She was a remarkable daughter and brave little girl who on September 13th 2011 , at only 6 years of age  lost her fight with an inoperable and incurable (DIPG) brain tumour. This is the MOST FATAL form of childhood brain cancer growing in the brainstem surgery is impossible and the only standard treatment is 6 weeks of palliative radiotherapy for symptom respite. The median survival time is just 8-12 months. Abbie passed away only 5 months after her initial diagnosis.

Our mission is to RAISE awareness and contribute much needed funds for children's DIPG brain tumour research which currently is so very underfunded. It affects only 40 children a year in the UK with most funding coming from the parent led charities who have all lost a child to the disease. It may be too late to help our beautiful girl but we can all commit to helping the DIPG families of the future. Any donation that could save some of the pain by offering the development of new treatments to these children, where currently there are NONE that are effective, is extremely worthwhile. To do this in Abbie's memory is an honour and means the world to us.

EVERY 9 DAYS A CHILD IN THE UK IS DIAGNOSED WITH DIPG.

FROM LOSS THERE IS HOPE AND INSPIRATION.

Charity Commission Reg No 1149400

CHEQUES  CAN BE MADE PAYABLE DIRECTLY TO 'ABBIES ARMY'

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New Announcements 

 'GOLDEN DAYZ' - Are coming!! When's Yours?

A UK 1ST!! 

 IT WILL BE CHILDHOOD CANCER AWARENESS MONTH THROUGHOUT  SEPTEMBER 2014 IN THE UK

Please go to our Events page to download your poster for your workplace, school, club or group.


Eighteen-year-old Charley Hull is on the verge of becoming a sporting superstar! Rewriting the record books in women's golf, she captured the golfing world's attention when she won the English amateur championship at Turnbury, at just nine years old beating more than thirty thousand women to the title!

Charley, turned professional last year in her 'rookie' season she finished runner-up in her first five tournaments, a feat no-one else has ever achieved. She was the youngest player EVER selected to represent Europe in the Solheim Cup. She did amazingly well, winning her game and helping Europe to lift the trophy on USA soil. Charleyl heads to Birkdale for the Ricoh Women's British Open eginning 10th July

Here she is pictured in THAT winning Solheim Cup shirt endorsing Abbies Army!!! She was also kind enough to sign it for us!!..THANK YOU Charley for your amazing support..lots of luck from us for your tournaments.


The International Symposium on Peadiatric Neuro-Oncology (ISPNO) begins on the 28th June in Singapore.

Scientists from The Institute of Cancer Research are heading out including Chris Jones and our Abbies Army funded PhD Katy Taylor to present their findings 'The role of ACVR1 mutations in diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG)'

The DIPG Collaborative are also sponsoring a session in front of the general audience of over 1,000 researchers to make our case for the homerun strategy and more research..an unprecedented audience for DIPG research and opportunity to push for more collaboration. This partnership pushing for these coalitions for DIPG kids WORLDWIDE truly can make BIG differences


Abbies Army were extremely proud to be cited by the Institute of Cancer Research in a recent press release for our previous funding award. The funded researchers have published a paper in the journal 'Nature Genetics' which has revealed a key genetic driver of the disease for the first time. The mutation of the ACVR1 gene was identified in around 25% of all DIPG cases and is promising because it throws open the option of a druggable target. Please read the full ICR release here on their website:

http://www.icr.ac.uk/press/recent_featured_articles/dipg_brain_cancer/24850.shtml


Abbies Army is proud to be part of the International fight against DIPG with the DIPG Collaborative. We are listed as a contributor on 9 new research papers selected in 2013 predominantly in the US. Created in 2011, the DIPG Collaborative is an association of foundations unified with the mission of efficiently funding and inspiring diffuse instrinsic pontine glioma cancer research. As part of the initiative dedicated funds are now being raised allowing for long-term study and the development of new protocols and registry data.

At the end of 2013 the Collaborative  have invested in $850,000 of new research grants selected by its Medical Advisory Council which allows for streamlined research, transparency and limits duplication. The combined effects of these funds are inspiring! Visit www.dipg.org for more information!

 


Abbie's Army Fundraising Totals Donated 

Abbie's Army has raised the following amounts for our chosen research centres.... (Abbies Army funding to ICR and DIPG Collaborative)

 MORE than £280,000 has be raised to date! THANK YOU ALL

 

£65,856

£125,500

£15,610