THE FERGUS FUND

The 2022 Fergus Fund Research Bursary:   Desmoplastic Small Round Cell Tumours Research

The £5,000 2022 Fergus Scholefield Cancer Research Fund Bursary has been awarded to Dr Stella Man of the Institute of Cancer Research, to help fund her research project into Desmoplastic Small Round Cell Tumours.

 

Desmoplastic Small Round Cell Tumours (DSRCT) are a rare and aggressive cancer that affects young people between 10 and 30 years old.

 

Because there are very few early symptoms, it is often diagnosed late when tumours have already spread around the body. This makes it difficult to treat and reduces the chance of survival.

 

Dr Man is focused on expanding the limited treatment options currently available for DSRCT using very latest cutting-edge technology.

 

As part of the team at the ICR led by Professor Janet Shipley, Dr Man hopes to pinpoint key molecular events that drive the progression of DSRCT to identify the most effective therapeutic drugs and help more patients survive this cancer.

 

We wish Dr Man every success with her research and are delighted to be supporting her.

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The Fergus Scholefield Cancer Research Fund

in 2016 Penguins Against Cancer was very proud to launch the Fergus Scholefield Cancer Research Fund, in memory of a brave young man who, at the tender age of 2, battled through the treatment of his brain tumour with the support of family and friends. Sadly, it was not possible to cure him of the disease and Fergus died before his third birthday.

 

We know that Fergus's journey and strength has inspired many more to improve the lives of others and continue the search for better understanding and treatments for cancer.

 

This Bursary supports researchers in cancer to keep pushing the boundaries so that Fergus’s short life continues to motivate people for many years to come.

The Bursary is awarded annually, through a strict and rigorous vetting process. It has been set by the Penguins Trustees at a maximum amount of £5,000. This amount will be reviewed annually by the Trustees.

If you are interested in applying for our 2023 Bursary award and wish to be considered by us, please click on the buttons below to learn more about the Terms of Reference for the award, and to download an Application Form. Please email completed Application Forms to us at penguinsagainstcancer@outlook.com. Thank you.

Read here about previous

Fergus Fund Research Bursaries:
2018 Award click here

2016 Award click here

Fergus with his older brother, Chester

Fergus with his proud Dad, Barney

Message from Barney Scholefield, the father of Fergus, and part of the Penguins family.

 

We are honoured that our dear Fergus shall bear his name and memory to a bursary in support of cancer research. Fergus loved life and with the guidance of his older brother, Chester, and his dad was learning how brilliant rugby was and the lifelong friendships that can develop through the game.

At the tender age of 2, he battled through the treatment of his brain tumour with the support of his family and friends. We were sadly unable to cure him of the disease and he died before his third birthday. However, we know that his journey and strength has inspired many more to improve the lives of others in the future and continue the search for better understanding and treatments for cancer. We hope that this bursary will support the researchers to keep pushing the boundaries and that Fergus’ short life will continue to inspire people for many years to come.