150 years after Marie Curie’s birth, who is continuing her legacy?

150 years ago on 7 November 1867, Maria Sklodowska – better known by her married name of Marie Curie – was born in Warsaw, Poland. We explore how her work lives on through the charity she inspired and some of the women who embody that legacy.

Marie Curie discovered radium and polonium, and she is remembered for her huge contribution to research into cancer. This work continues to inspire our charity's mission to support people living with terminal illness, including terminal cancer.

Illustration by Lizzy Stewart

"One never notices what has been done; one can only see what remains to be done"

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of Marie Curie’s birth, we’re celebrating three women who embody her legacy – women who have faced unique challenges, and have dedicated countless hours to serving science, medicine or raising money to help others.

All three women are closely connected with the charity that Dr Curie inspired.

Paola Domizio (Illustration by Lizzy Stewart)

Paola Domizio is a hospital pathologist who spent a prestigious medical career helping to diagnose diseases like cancer in her patients.

She is now living with terminal cancer herself, and has relied on the support of the Marie Curie Hospice, Hampstead to regain her strength. Read how Marie Curie have helped Paola come to an important decision.

Emma Carduff (Illustration by Lizzy Stewart)

Emma Carduff is a Research Lead based in the Marie Curie Hospice, Glasgow. There, she carries out vital work in the field of end of life care, drawing on her own experience as a nurse and passion for the cause to explore the issues facing a society that is beginning to live longer and longer.

And she has a few ideas about what we can do to help…

Rose Hawkins (Illustration by Lizzy Stewart)

Rose Hawkins, 24, took on a once in a lifetime challenge to raise money for Marie Curie the charity, swimming 21 miles across the English Channel.

Fuelled by a deep love for her late Granny and the memory of the care she received from Marie Curie, Rose raised thousands for the charity. Find out why she braved cold waters, rip tides and the odd jellyfish.

As we celebrate the people that embody Dr Curie’s legacy this week, it’s important to recognise the work that we still have left to do.

Every one of us in the UK will be affected at some point by a terminal illness. When that time comes, don’t we all want to be confident the right care will be there for us? Help us be there for people when they need us most by donating today