Today is February the 4th, which also means it is World Cancer Day. This year Cancer Research are fronting a campaign to unite people in the fight against cancer. Why? Because cancer is a disease that destroys lives. It is the single biggest killer worldwide. However, over the last few years, there have been huge changes in the way cancer is treated, but still there is so much more that needs to be done.
This campaign is something I am very passionate about, I have seen first hand the horrible affects cancer has had on people and it needs to stop. I can’t write this post without mentioning two very strong people in my life.
My best friend of 16 years has recently finished treatment after his cancer returned. Even though most would be knocked dramatically by such news, he always remained so optimistic and held his head up high. He was determined to fight and he did. I can’t put into words how proud I am of him and how happy I am to see him going out and living life to fullest. He was supported by Clic Sargent towards the beginning so I heard first hand how amazing and supportive the charity were ad so i decided to raise money for the charity. I raised about £120 in total and the charity sent me a letter telling me what my money had gone to – a colouring book to teach a young child about their cancerous cells, and a room for a family with a young boy who had days to live, so he could spend his last few days as comfortable as possible. It broke my heart to read but it shows just how much they can do from a small donation. You can read here exactly how a small donation can make a difference.
Then there’s my friend Dylan – some of you may have seen me share things about him on twitter or social media – but basically he is battling cancer for the 4th time in his life, which is just horrible, it makes me so sad to think about what he’s been through, but yet I admire his strength because no matter what, he just doesn’t give up, he just keeps on fighting. To see someone going through so much but still smiling is amazing. Recently a football player from Nottingham Forest went to visit him and watching the footage made me smile so much. I think it’s truly amazing for these players to show such huge support. You can watch the footage and read more about that visit here.
If all these people can fight daily, then why can’t we all unite in this fight to end this disease sooner and help fund these vital discoveries. There are so many ways you can help, whether it be making a purchase in your local Cancer Research shop, making a donation to Clic Sargent or another cancer charity or simply spreading the word. A cure for cancer may seem like a light year away but any advance on the treatments we have now is a start. You never know, the £2 top you buy from a Cancer Research could be the final £2 needed to fund a vital future discovery.
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