Update: June 15th 2013
We've done it. We've crowdfunded the £2 million we need.
Full story in the Telegraph: http://bit.ly/12w1Vjf
Thankyou to everybody who believed in the project and contributed.
Watch: A thankyou from Prof Essand:
What are we fundraising for?
We are a team of guerrilla fundraisers who have launched a global campaign to fund research into a potential treatment for the cancer that killed Steve Jobs.
The potential therapy, a cancer-busting virus, is currently sitting in a freezer in Sweden – but it can’t be tested for lack of just £2million.
Without the money, the research will cease and the virus will be thrown away, placing in jeopardy a therapy that could significantly extend the lives of thousands of NET cancer sufferers.
- Watch Prof Magnus Essand from Uppsala University talk about the iCancer virus: http://youtu.be/_ssEQdqrq8E
- For more information on anti-cancer viruses please visit: http://bit.ly/USJVXy
- Links to the published scientific papers: http://bit.ly/Oq7851
If this anti-cancer virus is so good why has nobody funded it?
Big business won’t stump up the £2million needed to fund the first stage of clinical trials, because there is no money to be made.
But now it is out in the public domain it can’t be protected by the patent that would have enabled buisness backers to make a profit.
- For more information on the patents issue please visit:http://bit.ly/TC2SBV
- More information on Prof Essand, Uppsala University:http://bit.ly/TC4vzs
People before profit
And that’s where we come in. We want to put people before profit. We want to raise the money for the clinical trials.
Experts across the world acknowledge that this anti-cancer virus is cutting edge - as you'll see on our video. It could have a massive affect on NET cancer suffers - and it may well be able to help people with other cancers, too.
Steve Jobs said: ‘Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn't matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we've done something wonderful…that's what matters to me.’
This is our chance to do something wonderful.
We’ve put our campaign together in little over a week. We have no money behind us and everybody is volunteering their time for free.
So there is no fancy website, no motivational wristband and no rock concert.
It’s just us, the scientists, the virus and you.
- Press Coverage: We have had alot of press coverage. For the full list visit:http://bit.ly/TC5u2w
Who are we?
The campaign is led by author Alexander Masters who wrote the bestseller Stuart: A Life Backwards and Dominic Nutt, who has the same cancer as Steve Jobs. Masters took up the campaign when his close friend Dido Davies was diagnosed with the incurable cancer, known as a neuroendocrine tumour, or NET. They are joined by Liz Scarff a campaigning digital and social media expert, and Colin Midson a literary publicist and friend of Alexander Masters.
- More on Alexander Masters: http://alexandermasters.net/
- More on Liz Scarff: www.lizscarff.co.uk
- More on Dominic Nutt:http://linkd.in/TC5f7K
What we need:
We want to raise enough money to enable Prof Essand and his team to conduct clinical trials on their groundbreaking cancer eating virus. £1 million will enable him to do it - £2 million will enable him to do it really well.
- Please donate.
- Please help us share our campaign on Facebook and Twitter
- Please tell all your friends.
What you’ll get:
We have lined up some amazing perks from having the virus named after you, to having your name published in the research papers. They also include an invitation to the lab in Sweden to meet the scientists, and exclusive tours and lectures.
We will be adding more perks as our campaign progresses.
You will become part of medical history.
Thankyou to everybody for looking at this campaign. Please follow us on twitter www.twitter.com/iCancervirus or use our hashtag #iCancer. Join us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/icancervirus and take a look at our website: www.icancer.org.uk
Team on This Campaign:
Digital and social media director
Campaign founder and NET patient
Professor Essand, Anti-cancer virus creator
Postdoctoral fellow, Cancer researcher Anti-cancer virus creator
U.S. campaign advocate and NET patient