Thanks for visiting my fundraising page. This January I’m taking on Dryathlon® and raising money for Cancer Research UK. I’ll be ditching the drink for one month to help bring forward the day when all cancers are cured. Please dig deep and donate now. Donating through this page is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with Cancer Research UK.
Many people that know me, wouldn't be shocked or willing to donate money if I was doing something like a skydive, or a charity bake sale.
However, being sober for a month is somewhat of a Christmas miracle, not one to be taken lightly.
Having had my grandmother diagnosed last year with breast cancer and undertaking chemo twice, during the build up for Christmas 2016, I was told that she may not see Christmas and the doctors were shocked she was still alive in June.
My dad, brother, sister and I went to visit her 3 days before Christmas; and once a strong minded woman with great hair and nails- lay a women completely bed bound unable to ask us many questions without getting out of breath.
Whilst our granddad was still able to walk about, we took him for lunch, as his routine is pretty much a full time carer. He gets up, cooks my grandma breakfast, potters around their house for a bit, makes lunch, potters, then makes dinner and goes to bed and listens to her cough all night. The sad thing is, he has dementia himself and needs to be in a care home; but is adamant to stay at home and look after my grandmother, who is far too stubborn and proud to be in a hospice meanwhile he is far too kind to push for any other help.
We were lucky that when we took him for lunch, we were able to get a carer in to look after grandma for the hour. Without that; granddad would not be able to have a bit of a break from his full time job- although he is retired!
With more donations, we would be able to give more people breaks from being a full time carer of a cancer victim! Baby steps to finding a cure starts with the people around.