Legacy of Louise Victoria Craddock lives on
A generous legacy donation, in memory of Louise Victoria Craddock, is helping to provide state-of-the-art cancer research services for local people.
Patients undergoing cancer treatment are at the highest risk of developing osteoporosis, a condition which causes bones to weaken, due to treatments including radiotherapy and chemotherapy. With advancements in cancer treatment continuing to progress, research shows that more patients are now living with cancer than ever before but bone loss continues to be a common side effect of treatment. Cancer patients are more likely to break bones which can seriously affect their quality of life.
Thanks to a generous legacy left to Weston Park Cancer Charity in memory of Louise Victoria Craddock the Charity is now able to fund cutting-edge research to improve the bone health of local cancer patients. The significant gift has been used to purchase a Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DXA) scanner. The scanner will form a key part of the bone imaging facilities at the purpose built clinical research facility producing high resolution images that assist with identification of fractures that might otherwise go unnoticed. The scanner enables researchers to detect changes in the patient skeleton and better monitor the impact of cancer treatments on a patient’s bone health and quality of life. The aim is that this closer monitoring will result in improved treatments for patients in the future.
Dr Margaret Paggiosi, Research Fellow for the Academic Unit of Bone Metabolism commented; “We would like to express our sincere thanks for this incredible gift kindly left to Weston Park Cancer Charity in memory of Louise Craddock. This kind donation means that we can continue to provide a state-of-the-art cancer research service for the benefit of patients living with cancer.”
In recognition of the gift, Samantha Dixon, Charity Director at Weston Park Cancer Charity said; “We are extremely thankful for every donation we receive but there is something particularly special about choosing to leave a gift in your will to the charity. Although sadly Louise is no longer with us this generous gift made in her name will mean her legacy will live on and help countless cancer patients in the future, we are incredibly grateful for the support.
For information about leaving a gift in your will to support the work of Weston Park Cancer Charity please contact Helen Gentle, Deputy Director, Weston Park Cancer Charity on 0114 2265370