Roger was diagnosed with a soft tissue sarcoma in 1999. Three years after his diagnosis, Roger and his wife, Sheelagh started work on what has now become Sarcoma UK.
In 2016, the charity launched the Roger Wilson Research Award, which will form part of the annual Clinical Research Call and each year will have a different focus on a specific area of research.
In 2016 the theme of the Roger Wilson Research Award was “Quality of Life”, and the following research projects were funded:
In 2017 the theme of the Roger Wilson Research Award was “Early Diagnosis”, the following research project was funded:
Exploring socio-demographic inequalities in the diagnosis of sarcoma, with a particular focus on deprivation
The 2018 theme was "Research which benefits patients at the point of treatment and beyond".
The 2019 call asked for applications which addressed one or more of the National Cancer Research Institute's "Living with and beyond cancer" priority research questions.
Sarcoma UK is member charity of AMRC. All research funded by Sarcoma UK is eligible for QR funding via the CRSF.