Each year Cancer Research UK’s scientists get closer to beating cancer, and they’ve helped double survival rates in the last 40 years. But we can’t stop there.
For those who know me, agreeing to do the Shine Night Walk may be a bit of a surprise as I'm not known to be the most active of people! But I wanted to do my part for Cancer Research UK by pushing myself - one mile at a time. And yes I'm walking and not running...and yes I'm doing a half marathon not a full marathon - but for me, this is taking myself out of my comfort zone (of the sofa) in the hope to raise awareness and money for a great cause! I'll be up walking the mean streets of London at night so please dig deep and think of how your contribution would go towards helping with much needed research for a disease that affects all of us - either directly or people we know.
I have personally had family members who have been diagnosed with cancer. Some of them have bravely managed to beat the disease but others have sadly died so I want to do this in memory and honour of them. A close family member was affected by leukaemia so I specifically wanted to raise money for this particular cause.
As a doctor, I have also seen the effects of a cancer diagnosis on patients and their families. When I have broken a new diagnosis of cancer to them, one of the first questions is "Is it treatable?". With more money going towards important research and the development of new medication, we can give patients and their families hope that they can be cured. My most recent hospital rotation involved caring for and treating young children with leukaemia. Seeing the children and their families having to undergo treatment and the physical, mental and emotional consequences of cancer was another trigger of why I wanted to help.
Only with our continued support can they turn this research into breakthroughs that save millions of lives. Every single pound you donate makes a difference to Cancer Research UK’s groundbreaking work, so please sponsor me now. Thank you very much for your support. Any contribution - however big or small would be greatly appreciated!