It has been another busy year for The Urology Foundation in our mission to end the suffering caused by urology disease. We’ve taken big strides in some of the most crucial areas of our work as we work to prevent, treat and cure all urology disease.
Our work is funded entirely by our supporters, so none of research and training programmes would have been possible without their donations and fund raising. This year we have had some amazing fundraisers pushing their bodies to the limit to raise money and awareness for The Urology Foundation.
The Atlantic Seamen, four men from Cornwall, rowed 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean facing all the elements of the sea. Tom Maples completed the Marathon Des Sables, the world’s toughest marathon under the heat of the Saharan sun. BSoT and TUF Warriors set up a series of events over the year, including an early morning fun run at BAUS. For the sixth year Bike4TUF saw urologists and patients get on their bikes for the charity, this year starting at St Paul’s Cathedral and finishing in the Loire Valley. And, to end the year in true TUF style, 40 cyclists rode 360km coast to coast across Costa Rica.
It is thanks to these fundraisers and our generous donors that we are able to invest in research that are looking for news ways to diagnose and treat testicular cancer, BPH, kidney cancer, bladder cancer, catheter related UTIs and incontinence.
2020 marks The Urology Foundation’s 25th anniversary and we will be building on the charity’s past achievements as well as looking to invest in the development of urology for the future.
Over the last 25 years the charity is largely responsible for the safe introduction of minimally invasive laparoscopic and robotic surgery in the UK, from which so many patients have now benefitted. Research that The Urology Foundation has funded as led to Botox being used as a treatment for overactive bladder and the development of a potential urine test to diagnose bladder cancer.
As busy as 2019 has been we have no plans to slow down for 2020 or for the next 25 years as we work with urologists and nurses to achieve our mission to end the suffering caused by urology disease.
Please join our anniversary celebrations by taking part in our fundraising events. Next year the Bike4TUF will cycle from around the country for the start of the BAUS conference in June, we have places available in RideLondon-Surrey 100 and a special mountain trek to Machu Picchu. Why not set your self a tough challenge for 2020?