A few years ago, a week after I graduated from college, my mother was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. It is the most common form of cancer in the UK, accounting for about 15% of new cancer cases. Thankfully, decades of research into effective diagnosis and treatment means that almost 4 in 5 women survive this disease. Luckily for me and my family, my mother was one of those women.
In honour of my mother, and everyone who has experienced the impact of cancer in their lives, I am raising funds to support the development of better treatments. It's a cause worth donating to regardless of the reason, but in case it helps push you over the line let me outline the various reasons I hope you'll donate through this page:
1) You can help improve the lives of millions of people suffering from various types of cancer, of their friends, and of their families.
2) Because we are fortunate enough to live longer on average than ever before, we are also more likely to be diagnosed with cancer ourselves. Investing in better treatments could help save your own life down the line.
3) In honour of your donation, I will attempt to walk 100km (~62 miles) in one go. In September I successfully completed 50km along the Thames Path, and now that I've forgotten the pain I felt afterwards I've committed to doubling that distance in a much hillier terrain - ouch! If you like me, donating here means you're helping me get a good workout in. If you don't like me, you'll be sponsoring my blisters which are likely to haunt me for weeks after. Either way, what a perk!
4) Donating to causes that benefit others can give you a warm glow inside, which is nice, isn't it.
5) You can brag to your friends about how you donated to a good cause, so they know you're actually a better person than they are.
I'm sure there are lots more reasons, but I also know you're not the kind of person who needs lots of reasons to donate to a good cause. Which is why I'd like to thank you in advance for your donation, I really do appreciate it.