A hair stylist from Great Cornard is hoping to have played her part in making medical history after volunteering her time for a major cancer campaign.
Danielle Palmer from Walsingham Close, Great Cornard, runs Butterflies Hair Design and recently used her skills to help out at the shooting of a campaign video for the Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust, which hopes to carry out a major cancer treatment research project.
Miss Palmer saw a request for a stylist to help out on the shoot and knew straight away she wanted to be involved having been treated for thyroid cancer herself.
She spent the day styling the hair of the ladies on the video.
The Bracode Campaign has been launched to make breast cancer treatment more targeted. Specialists at Addenbrooke’s Hospital have helped identify ten types of breast cancer tumour, which are related to patients’ DNA profiles.
This breakthrough means in future an individual’s treatment could be tailored to target their variant of the disease, avoiding wasting time and resources.
To reach this point a five-year intensive research programme needs to be conducted on volunteer patients at Addenbrooke’s, costing £5,000 to sequence, assess and monitor each patient.
“It’s great knowing that if it does what it should I could have played a part in history,” Miss Palmer said. “It was an incredibly inspirational day but also very emotional.”
To see the video or donate visit www.act4addenbrookes.org.uk/bracode.