Busy since 2001 working towards £1 million specifically for Research into Childhood Cancers
William Dodd was only 2 years old when he was diagnosed with cancer. It was given various names as the weeks turned to months but we never found out the exact type of cancer William had… all we know is that he had every treatment he could have.
We were lucky that our Oncologists had experience and contacts in the USA and we know that expertise was sought from all the major oncology centres; however nobody could help because no one knew exactly what the tumour was.
Something many people do not know is that the key to treatment of cancer, especially childhood cancer, lies in the diagnosis. Without that; the prognosis is poor.
Childhood cancers behave in a very different way to adult cancers; they respond differently to treatment and can be unpredictable in both positive and negative ways.
William’s Fund was established in February 2001 in memory of William, who died on December 12th 2000 at the age of 4 years and 9 months. William amazed everyone at how he coped, always smiling with a twinkle in his eye that won so many hearts.
Since William died we have raised significant monies for The Childhood Cancer Research Fund. Two researchers have been employed at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford and we aim to fund these researchers for the foreseeable future.
The William Dodd Foundation research post is run by Dr Helen Townley & Dr Karl Morten following the retirement of Dr Mitchell. They are conducting ground breaking research into Childhood Cancers which is very specific to Childhood Cancer; they have no funding other than charity and no official fundraisers.
All the profits raised by William’s Fund go directly to the research programme. There are of course many big charities concerned with cancer but most are focused on adult forms and this may not help the children.
William inspired us to start the fund raising and we see this as a fitting tribute to William to continue in his name.
Please watch our tribute to William – The boy behind the legacy.
Please help us to support this vital research.