The Stan Bowley Trust became a registered Charity in October 2011 and were formed by friends and family of Alan “Stan” Bowley, a former Staffordshire police officer who died of cancer. Stan’s journey with cancer began many years earlier having being diagnosed initially in June 2000. As a result of this, he received traditional surgery to remove a tumour from his duodenum and part of his pancreas.
Seven years after the first diagnosis, he received the devastating news that the cancer had returned. This time, it was growing around a major blood vessel and the signs for his future were not favourable.
It was at this stage that Stan discovered CyberKnife. At the time, CyberKnife was not available in the UK. It was only available in Europe and beyond. However, due to the lack of expertise in relation to Stan’s condition in Europe at the time, it was decided that Washington DC was the ideal place for him to be treated.
Family and friends rallied around and, through fundraising and the kind generosity of Staffordshire Police, in region of £40,000 was raised to send Stan to the USA. Once there, he successfully received the CyberKnife treatment and a couple of days later he flew home. A miracle had been found! But people close to Alan could not believe that this treatment process was not available to all that needed it in the UK. Hence in 2008 The Stan Bowley CyberKnife Trust was born. Following a restructure in 2011, the organisation was renamed The Stan Bowley Trust, with the aim to raise awareness and funds for CyberKnife in the North West and the Midlands.
The Charity changed its aims in 2015 to The Stan Bowley Trust: raising funds for cancer radiotherapy treatment. We at The Stan Bowley Trust are extremely proud to have been a major contributor towards the fundraising that purchased this CyberKnife machine, but it does not stop there… Since the introduction of CyberKnife at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, clinical trials have been undertaken. These are proving very successful and now head, neck and some other cancers are available for treatment on the NHS. We know that CyberKnife can treat far more, so the clinical trials continue and The Stan Bowley Trust stands firm in our support of the QE Hospital and the fantastic work they do.
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