Press release posted 15 December 2023

Leading cancer doctor, Professor Catherine McBain, has successfully completed a challenging 400km (255 mile) cycle through Vietnam and Cambodia to raise funds for The Christie Charity to support critical research into brain tumours for her patients.

Brain tumours are the leading cause of cancer death in men under 40 and they surpass cervical cancer in claiming the lives of young women.

In response to this urgent need for more research and innovative treatments, as well as awareness, 52-year-old Professor McBain took on the physically demanding cycle through Vietnam and Cambodia, joining a group of fellow cyclists united by the cause.

The epic journey began in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam on Thursday 16 November 2023 and concluded at the iconic Angkor Wat in Cambodia on Thursday 23 November 2023.

Professor McBain’s commitment to advancing brain tumour research, in collaboration with The Christie and The University of Manchester, led her to taking on the huge cycling challenge which was not only a personal triumph but also a chance to make a positive impact for those affected by brain tumours.

“I want to say a huge thank you to my family, as well as the staff and patients at The Christie hospital who have supported me on the trek and with the fundraising,” commented Professor McBain, who was originally from Omagh, Co Tyrone but has lived in Manchester since she was 18.

“Despite extensive efforts, brain tumours remain one of the most difficult tumour groups to treat. More research is desperately needed to provide the breakthrough that patients and doctors need. For this reason, I am committed to doing as much as I can to raise awareness and funds for research, as well as supporting our patients and basic science researchers at The Christie.

“Brain tumour patients face so many daily challenges with this condition. I wanted to try and undertake a challenge to make a positive contribution. I’m passionate about keeping the conversation going, as there are so many people affected by this disease.”

The funds raised will contribute directly to the ongoing brain tumour research programme at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust. The Christie is one of Europe's largest experimental cancer medicine centres and an international leader in research and development with around 650 clinical studies ongoing at any one time.

Alicia Gaffey, sporting events coordinator at The Christie Charity commented, “We’re so grateful to Catherine for undertaking the cycle challenge and for her commitment to brain tumour research and raising awareness of this condition.”

To support the work of The Christie Charity, please go to Donate today or ring 0161 446 3988.

The Christie Charity supports the work of The Christie NHS Foundation Trust providing enhanced services over and above what the NHS funds. This includes money for care and treatment, research, education, and extra patient services. Gifts from the public make a huge difference to the care and treatment that The Christie is able to provide to patients and their families.

Last updated: December 2023