Rohini Tiwari on the woman who changed her life – Cris founder Lola Manterola


An Inspiring Woman

Notting Hill member and ambassador at Cris Cancer Foundation Rohini Tiwari was inspired by our partnership with the Prince’s Trust #changeagirlslife campaign for International Women’s Day to tell her story of the woman who changed her life, Lola Manterola.

Six years ago Rohini was invited to the Cris Cancer Foundation gala by a friend of a friend where she listened to Lola speak about her personal experience with cancer and why she founded Cris.

A Personal Experience With Cancer

After being diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, Lola received the devastating news that her prognosis wasn’t good. With a full life and two young children to fight for Lola began researching treatments outside of those offered to her.  She eventually found and took part in a clinical trial in the US which saved her life. The whole experience from diagnosis to treatment changed Lola’s life and spurred her to help other people affected by Cancer.

So, alongside her husband, Diego Megia, Lola created CRIS Cancer Foundation to invest in research so that other cancer patients could get the second chance she received.

CRIS stands for Cancer Research Innovation in Science. The CRIS Cancer Foundation is an international non-profit organisation created with one objective: to invest in cutting-edge research that provides improved treatments for people with cancer.

Upon hearing Lola’s story and with two young children herself Rohini was inspired to get involved. Six years later she is a passionate ambassador for Cris and


2021 marks the 10th anniversary of CRIS

10 years of investing £21 million in vital research to save lives.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), one in two men and one in three women will develop cancer and only 50% will survive. Yet, with more research many of these deaths can be avoided.

CRIS Cancer Foundation is currently funding research projects across the UK and Europe. Through significant partnerships with The Institute of Cancer Research London and other research centres across Europe, CRIS is having a positive impact on medical discoveries and making a real difference in people’s lives. With small overheads for a charity of their size, maximum funds raised go directly into charitable activities.

A Network Of Support

Many of Rohini’s fellow members at WIBN support her in her work at Cris. Over the past year Rohini has been attending her regular meetings headed up by Samantha Lawton over Zoom.

“Sam is like a ray of sunshine and has got us all through the lockdown with her amazing positive energy. Attending the meetings over Zoom has been great, the meetings are so interactive that you forget you are online”

Donating to CRIS

As a result of the pandemic, more people need treatment and support than ever before. Additionally, lots of really important fundraising activity has ceased due to social distancing. Cris needs support now more than ever. By donating just once or setting up a regular donation and becoming a member of the CRIS community, you will save lives and play an active role in the fight against cancer. This life-saving work is only possible because of a strong team of committed researchers, supporters and volunteers.

If you have been inspired to support Cris you can make a single donation or set up a regular donation at the link here.

You can also keep up to date with all of the work Cris are doing on their Website, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.