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Italian Rugby Team raises awareness to tackle cancer

30 October 13

The Italian rugby league team take time out of their busy World Cup 2013 training schedule to plant crocus bulbs, at the University of Bradford, to show their support for the Bradford Crocus Cancer Appeal, on Thursday 31 October.

The rugby team will plant bulbs in the University’s Peace Garden to raise awareness for the Bradford Crocus Cancer Appeal’s £1million to fund equipment in the University’s Institute of Cancer Therapeutics (ICT).

The autumn crocus has become a symbol of what can be achieved by researchers at the University of Bradford’s Institute of Cancer Therapeutics (ICT) who took a natural compound from the native British flower, called colchicine, to create a new chemical entity designed to find and destroy all forms of solid tumour while leaving healthy tissue unharmed.

The therapy has been dubbed a ‘smart bomb’ because it only becomes active and detonates when in contact with an enzyme released by a cancerous tumour, which means once a tumour is targeted it breaks up the blood vessels sustaining the cancer and starves it, meaning the drug is unlikely to have any of the side effects on healthy tissue commonly seen in chemotherapy treatments.

Director of the ICT, Professor Laurence Patterson, said: “I’m really pleased these sports men are supportingthis local cause, it is brilliant that more and more people and businesses are getting involved in our £1million appeal. We want to get the people of our community behind this and to be proud of the fact that this cancer research is happening in Bradford.”

The players have been training in the region while taking part in their World Cup debut, where their performance certainly surprised the English team, with a shock win last Saturday.

Further information on the Bradford Crocus Cancer Appeal can be found at:

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