Personal cancer stories


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.

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.

Hamish smiling


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


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.

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.

See her story

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.

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.

Isla smiling looking out window


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.

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.

see his story


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.

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. 

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.

Chris smiling to camera


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


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. 

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. 

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.

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. 

Holly speaking, selfie-style, at the camera


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.

see her story