Nikki Koudis runs half marathon for Bladder Cancer research

Nikki KoudisFriend of the University Nikki Koudis took part in the Vitality Ready Half Marathon in April 2016, raising funds for Bladder Cancer research at the University of Sheffield under Professor James Catto. Setting herself an ambitious target of £500, Nikki’s total raised including gift aid was over £600.

Nikki explained why she was determined to succeed in her first half marathon:

“A couple of years ago my uncle, Bob, was diagnosed with bladder cancer. He was given a very poor short term solution from his local hospital which meant his life would only be prolonged, however, he decided to seek a second opinion. He met with Professor James Catto at the University of Sheffield hospital where he was given hope of survival. Under the supervision of Professor Catto and his team my uncle had his bladder removed and reconstructed out of his colon - a ground-breaking procedure. My uncle, Bob, two years on is cancer free!”

In 1999, the University of Sheffield established a major research programme in the management of urological malignancies, specifically prostate and bladder cancer. Led by Professor James Catto, a leading bladder cancer researcher, we have one aim: to overcome the burden of this disease on patients and their families.

Our research focuses on improving our understanding of the underlying biological mechanisms of bladder cancer and the genetic changes that drive its growth, through to the development of new treatments for patients. Professor Catto and his team also pioneer research investigating the link between workplace chemicals and bladder cancer. Our research will not only make a difference to the lives of people in Sheffield but will impact patients across the UK and beyond.

Congratulations and thank you Nikki.

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