Facebook chief Nicola Mendelsohn launches charity fundraiser to find follicular lymphoma cancer cure

A top Facebook executive, Nicola Mendelsohn earlier diagnosed with incurable blood cancer in 2016 has launched a new charity which hopes to raise £15 million and find a cure for the disease within 10 years.

Mendelsohn, Facebook’s vice president for Europe, Middle East and Africa, launched the Follicular Lymphoma Foundation to fund vital research in a bid to find a cure for the incurable.

Three years after being diagnosed with the rare blood cancer, Ms Mendelsohn met with London-based residents living with the disease to mark the launch of her charity on Monday.

Follicular lymphoma affects nearly 2,000 people in the UK each year, and around 20 per cent of those have a particularly acute form of follicular lymphoma with a poor prognosis.

Within the next three years, the foundation hopes to raise $20 million (£15.5m) to fund research, raise awareness, help patients establish support networks and ultimately find a cure.

According to her, “The main aims of the charity are to help people who have follicular lymphoma live well with it and get well from it, and that the charity should not have to exist as soon as possible.”

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