Personal Stories

PERSONAL STORIES

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KAREN

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.

Hamish smiling

Hamish

No family should have to face a cancer diagnosis, let alone two. Hamish died from a brain tumour when he was eight years old, and his mum, Susan, is now facing an incurable breast cancer diagnosis.

Charlie standing with bike

CHARLIE

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.

Sue smiling showing mastectomy tattoo

SUE

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.

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JAMIE

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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ISLA

Isla’s parents, Nikki and Michael, were told she had neuroblastoma in March 2017. She has relapsed twice since but Isla is responding well to treatment and her family remains hopeful.

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STEVE

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. 

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HOLLY

Holly’s dancing dreams were cut short when she was diagnosed with leukaemia at just 15 years old. Fast forward to today – she’s now five years in remission, and is back to full fitness.

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Michael sitting on sofa smiling

MICHAEL

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. 

Felicia sitting in hospital chair.

FELICIA

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.

Amanda

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.

Chris smiling to camera

CHRIS

Chris was diagnosed with osteosarcoma after doctors discovered a tumour in his leg when he was 19, resulting in a leg apputation. Now 22, Chris’ cancer is shrinking, and he's raising awareness of cancer in young people. 

Anita with her husband by the sea

ANITA

Following her engagement to Scott, Anita was diagnosed with stage 2, grade 3 breast cancer in December 2015, meaning her dreams were put on hold. 

Eve chatting and smiling

EVE

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.

Ruby on boat smiling to camera.

RUBY

Annette and Tim lost their daughter, Ruby, to a brain tumour when she was just 10. She was a loving and affectionate child who will always be remembered. 

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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.