Alumni engagement and philanthropy


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                      Pictured Left to Right: Teresa Sloan, Development and Alumni Relations Office, Nikki Boyd, Robin Menary Foundation,                                Dr Karl Butterworth, Patrick G Johnston Centre for Cancer Research (PGJCCR) and Prof Kevin Prise, PGJCCR.

01 October 2023

Research to develop new treatments for patients facing a brain tumour diagnosis could give hope for the future, a family foundation supporting new work has said. 

The foundation, formed in memory of 36-year-old Robin Menary, donated £25,000 to the Patrick G Johnston Centre for Cancer Research (PGJCCR) at Queen’s. 

The gift marks the latest in a series of generous donations from the Robin Menary Foundation and will fund research into FLASH radiotherapy as a potential new method for the treatment of brain tumours.  

Robin was a fit and healthy 36-year-old when he was diagnosed with a grade four glioblastoma brain tumour.

He sadly passed away aged just thirty-eight, leaving behind his extended family, including his wife and their baby twins. 

Family members established the Robin Menary Foundation to fulfill Robin’s wishes to raise vital funds for brain tumour research. 

Nikki Boyd, Robin’s sister, speaking on behalf of the Foundation said: “We are delighted to, once again, be able to support the excellent work being carried out at Patrick G Johnston Centre for Cancer Research. A brain tumour diagnosis is devastating and bringing hope to those families affected is vital.”

Professor of Radiation Biology at the Cancer Centre, Kevin Prise, welcomed the donation and said it would advance the search for new treatments.

He said: “Brain tumours sadly remain very difficult to treat and new approaches are urgently required. This generous donation from the Robin Menary Foundation will allow us to build the expertise to test, in the laboratory, the potential of FLASH radiotherapy as a new approach for treating brain tumours.”

Find out more about how you can support the vital work happening at The Patrick G Johnston Centre for Cancer Research

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