Dimbleby Cancer Care has lost one of its most inspirational supporters. Marianne Blake died just after midnight on New Year’s Eve at the age of 37, following a tenacious five-year battle with a particularly aggressive form of breast cancer.
This time two years ago, when London was covered in ice and snow, Marianne was out training in preparation for the 2010 London Marathon. Despite also having cancer in her brain and liver, she completed the Marathon in 4 hours 24 minutes and in doing so, raised £17,000 for a much-needed genome library for the Dimbleby Laboratories. Purely as a result of Marianne’s determination and generosity, the lab was able to carry out an ambitious imaging-based experiment (ongoing) and thus considerably expand its work on finding and understanding the appropriate treatment (particularly in the context of drugs like HERCEPTIN) for each individual cancer patient.
Readers wishing to learn more about this amazing woman can read the beautiful tribute to her from Richard Blake by following the following link: