Lecturer takes the plunge help fund cancer research

High flying: Lisa Shaw takes the plunge for a cause close to her heart
High flying: Lisa Shaw takes the plunge for a cause close to her heart

A young academic researching a cure for brain tumours has thrown herself out of a plan to raise awareness of the disease.

University of Central Lancashire lecturer Lisa Shaw plunged 15,000ft in a tandem skydive to raise funds for brain tumour charity Inbetweenears - which looks after young adults suffering from brain tumours.

Lisa is currently conducting specialist research into the disease.

The 34-year-old mum of one The mum-of-one is working on a project, in conjunction with the Royal Preston Hospital, to try to find ways of treating adult brain tumours.

Seh said: “I am petrified of heights and feel sick standing close to the edge of a cliff so I really faced my ultimate fear.

“This project is really personal to me. I want to raise as much money as I can to continue my research and this massive challenge seemed like a great way to do it.”

Lisa has so far generated £3,000 for the charity and will need around £15,000 over the next two years to continue her research. The work is 
being conducted at UCLan in Preston, into treating brain tumours as accurately as possible using nanotechnology.

Lisa is part of the Neuro Oncology Research Group at the university and is working with Royal Preston Hospital on the project. She said: “We are looking at new ways to treat brain tumours that is really at the forefront of research in this area. Essentially we want to treat tumours using something called aptamers which are molecules that bind to specific cancer molecules.

“We want to attach an aptamer to a nano-particle which contains cancer treatment drugs and specifically target the brain tumour and avoid damage to healthy tissue.

The money I raise from the skydived will go directly towards this research.”

Lisa, who has worked at UCLan since 2009, was joined by her brother Liam Shaw for the challenge at the Black Knights Parachute Centre in Lancaster.

Anyone wanting to donate can do so through Lisa’s Just Giving page - www.justgiving.com/Lisa-Shaw.

The charity was set up Jay Lynchenhaun following his brain tumour diagnosis in 2011.