Image source, Ellis Family Image caption, Richard and Lesley Ellis started a successful vacation cottage business 30 years ago
The family of a businesswoman who died of pancreatic cancer has donated over £ 1million for research on disease in a developing "game changer ".
Lesley Ellis, who co-founded a vacation business, was 59 when she died in February 2019 at home in Norwich.
Her husband Richard has now donated £ 1million to develop a test to diagnose cancer, in addition to funding a team of researchers at the University of Cambridge.
He said he was hoping to "make sure fewer people go through what Lesley did ".
Image caption, Richard Ellis wants to help develop a diagnostic test for pancreatic cancer to enable diagnosearlier stics and better survival rates
M. Ellis said his 32-year-old wife died a few months ago after finding a lump on her neck.
The couple, who set up a bed and breakfast agency, were in Spain when the mother of two children spotted something suspicious for the first time.
"She was a wife, mother, housewife, business partner, travel companion, everything, and it was a wonderful person: very kind, very caring "said Mr Ellis.
" She walked over to her local doctor and from there we were on a roller coaster of care medical.
"I don't think any of us accepted it - we fought really hard.
"It was very difficult because she still looked and felt very healthy ... and yet a month later she was gone.
Mr. Ellis now has helped fund five PhD students at Cambridge University to study the disease, often referred to as the " killer silent ".
The family has also spent £ 1million over four years on university research to try to develop an early diagnostic test for cancer - about which relatively little is known.
"It 'sa horrible cancer and there is remarkably little research done on it, which is why we felt the need to try and struggle with some of the profits from our business that we created together "said Mr Ellis.
" Although it is one of the biggest killers of all common cancers, survival rates have not changed. for about 45 years in this country. "
Image source, Ellis Family Image caption, Lesley Ellis was a successful businesswoman when'she died at 59 of pancreatic cancer
The Pancreatic Cancer UK charity found that 75% of patients were diagnosed with the disease once 'It was too late to start treatment.
Lynne Walker, from the charity, said: “I think this will make a big contribution.
"To get to this point we need young academics ... to research the disease and in that sense it is a game changer.
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