Jamie Gibbard, Founding Trustee and Chair.

Jamie was diagnosed with stage IV ALK+ lung cancer in 2019, after having a seizure very unexpectedly at the age of 33.

He works full-time in software engineering and lives in Kent, in the UK, with his wife Cat and their five-year-old son Robin.

Jamie's experience as a young father, contending with his diagnosis and the re-emergence of metastases to the brain, have made him into a strong advocate for furthering research into ALK+ cancer.

Jamie's other passions include cooking with his family, walks in nature and gaming. 

Joanna Jonathan, Founding Trustee, Co-Treasurer and Fundraising

Jo began having symptoms, such as a chest infections, a cough, weight loss and hoarse voice, while pregnant and was finally diagnosed with stage IV ALK+ lung cancer in 2019 - a full year later.

She lives near Manchester, in the UK, with her husband Daniel and two young beautiful girls. 

Jo has a large social media presence where she uses her personal story to put ALK+ cancer in the public domain and help to change stigmas and outdated notions of lung cancer.  

Jo also has a flair for fundraising having added over £30K to fundraising pots since diagnosis. 

In her spare time, Jo likes to spend time with her family, enjoys Escape rooms and nice wine.

Catherine Gibbard, Founding Trustee, Co-Treasurer and Community

Cat is the loving wife and caregiver to ALK+ patient Jamie and full-time mother to their son Robin.

Cat has a background in running small charities and strongly believes in our ethos that research saves lives. She is known to many in our ALK+ cancer community not only as a friend, but someone to rely on for empathy, support and ALK+ knowledge. 

Her other passions include gardening, animals, in particular cats and cooking with her family. 

Support ALK+ International and join the conversation online.