Mrs Jean Wall was presented the certificate by Consultant Ophthalmologist, Professor Heinrich Heimann, and the RLBUHT clinical team, in recognition of her brave and gallant fundraising efforts for the Eye Tumour Research Fund following treatment for eye cancer.
Since being diagnosed with a choroidal malignant melanoma in 2011, Jean has endeavoured to raise funds on behalf of the specialised unit at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital. Jean was born in Liverpool but later moved to Manchester as a child. She would never have guessed that the unfortunate diagnosis would bring her back to Liverpool for treatment, and a further six operations on her eye.
Jean was taken aback by the level of support shown from family, friends and neighbours following her diagnosis. And, last Christmas instead of presents, Jean selflessly requested donations to the Eye Tumour Research Fund.
The Liverpool Ocular Oncology Centre is one of a few dedicated centres in the UK specialising in eye cancer. The Centre was designated a 'Supra-Regional Service' by the National Specialist Commissioning Advisory Group in 1997 (i.e., 'NSCAG') at the Department of Health in London.
Mrs Wall said:
“I was extremely impressed with the wonderful team at the centre. Everyone from the nurses, reception staff, surgery team and Professor Heimann, have been fantastic. They are always so efficient and they really make the effort to get to know you and care.
You always hear about the bad press but never the good. I want people to know that even if I was a millionaire I couldn’t have received better treatment”.
Thanks to the support of Jean and other fundraisers, the Eye Tumour Research Fund has enabled LOOC to purchase special cameras that produce wide-angle images of the back of the eye, thereby enhancing safety and improving our teaching opportunities. We have also set up an ocular oncology research laboratory, which in turn has enabled us to establish our own facilities for genetic analysis of ocular tumours, and improve patient care.
Donations from our own patients allow us to keep going with the essential research into all forms of ocular tumours until we receive further support from larger charities.
Thank you on behalf of all the Liverpool Ocular Oncology Centre and Liverpool Ocular Oncology Research Group.