Personal cancer stories



See stories from people who have had cancer or are living with a cancer diagnosis. 1 in 2 people in the UK will get cancer during their life time. Every pound you give helps speed up life-saving cancer research, bringing treatments to people who need them, faster.

Emily Hayward looking upwards


Emily was diagnosed with skin cancer in 2011, which later spread to her lymph nodes, lungs and brain. She openly shared her experience on YouTube and touched the lives of many. She passed away in June 2018, aged 24.

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Karen with husband, kissing her head.


While training to be a fire fighter, Karen, discovered a lump in her breast and was later diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer. Sadly, Karen passed away on the 19th February 2019. She was 41 years old.

Daniel's story for Stand Up To Cancer


Daniel, known as PeeWeeToms, blogged his journey with Sarcomatoid Carcinoma to show people what he was going through. In September 2018, Daniel sadly passed away, just two weeks after marrying his girlfriend, Becca.

Hamish and Susan

Hamish and Susan

No family should have to face a cancer diagnosis, let alone two. Hamish died from a brain tumour when he was just eight years old, and his mum, Susan, died from breast cancer in May 2020.

Brett's story for Stand Up To Cancer


Brett's tumour returned aggressively when his wife Nicola was pregnant with their third daughter, Ariya. He later found out that his tumour was inoperable. Nicola shares his story for Stand Up To Cancer.

Charlie standing with bike


Treatment has severely affected Charlie, who was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2015. As a result of surgery, Charlie's hair won’t ever come back, he can’t walk properly and his pituitary gland is damaged so he can’t grow anymore.

Isser looking directly at the camera

Isser's Story

Isser had no idea she was at risk of developing skin cancer, so getting diagnosed twice was a massive shock. Now five years cancer free, she's on a mission to raise awareness and live life to the full.

Rebecca sat in a chair in a dressing gown, with a nasogastric feeding tube


Rebecca was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma when she was just eight years old. She has gone into remission twice and is now facing her third recurrence.

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Jamie speaking while looking off camera


When Jamie was just 24 he was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour that ended his judo career. Jamie passed away in November 2017.

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Georgie with her dog


Georgie was diagnosed with stage 4 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and finished treatment in February, only to be told that her cancer has returned. Optimistic and upbeat, she channels her energy into raising awareness.


30-year-old Amanda has vaginal cancer, a rare type of cancer that usually occurs in women over the age of 70. Though her prognosis is unclear, Amanda has plans to help others going through treatment.

Felicia sitting in hospital chair.


20-year-old Felicia was first diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma when she was just 6 years old. She underwent treatment, but her cancer returned when she was 9, and then again at 18. Felicia has now been told that her cancer is incurable.

Michael sitting on sofa smiling


Michael and Shannon had been married for two months when he was told he had leukaemia and may only have two weeks to live. Despite seeing improvements, Michael’s condition worsened and sadly, he died in September 2018, aged 25. 

Courtney Wildin and his friend Cameron stood with their arms around each other wearing Blood Brothers t-shirts

Courtney and cameron

While both being treated for leukaemia in hospital in 2019, Courtney and Cameron built a supportive friendship that helped make their cancer experience easier to face.

Ollie jumping off a bungee jump platform over a lake with mountains in the background

Ollie's Story

Ollie was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma when he was three years old. Now 23, Ollie travels the world bungee jumping, abseiling, snowboarding and doing anything that gets his adrenaline pumping.

Eve chatting and smiling


Eve was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare type of bone cancer, in 2015. Her doctors tried multiple treatments but they eventually stopped working. Very sadly in June 2017, Eve died aged just 11.

Sue smiling showing mastectomy tattoo


Following her diagnosis for an aggressive form of breast cancer back in 2008, Sue had a double mastectomy. To mark five years of remission, she got a tattoo over the scars to celebrate her victory over cancer.

Steph Holding Boxing Gloves


Steph was diagnosed with stage four ovarian cancer in 2014, when her son was just two years old. In 2016 she learned the devastating news that her cancer was incurable. Steph passed away in October 2019, shortly after recording this video.

A side profile of Annalesha


Annalesha was diagnosed with breast cancer in July 2015. With two young kids and a loving husband, it was the last thing she ever imagined happening. Very sadly Annalesha passed away in July 2017. 

Steve smiling with thumbs up


Steve was diagnosed with bowel cancer six years ago. Following recovery, he’s now getting payback on cancer by taking on climbing challenges and spreading the importance of early diagnosis.