2016 London Marathon team runners - Ed and Laura
Ed Major and Laura Evans are running the 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon for a fund dedicated to research into a rare cancer, Chordoma.
Chordoma is a rare primary bone cancer (which starts in rather than spreads to bones). It can occur at the base of the skull, the spine or the sacrum and coccyx (base of spine). It is generally slow growing and frequently recurs after treatment.
For those diagnosed with chordoma treatment options are limited. Initial diagnosis is often difficult as its presenting symptoms can mimic more common musculoskeletal pain or other more common diseases.
Professor Flanagan at the UCL Cancer Institute has carried out research which led to a definitive marker for chordoma, but now further work is underway to use these findings to discover how best to treat patients.
All money raised by Ed and Laura will be going towards this research.
Ed said, "After losing my Father to Chordoma in 2015 I am running in his memory. Chordoma UK was closely in his heart as he had hands on experience with what the research could do for all rare cancer sufferers. I hope by running, I can raise the profile of the great work the team at Chordoma UK is doing"