Personal cancer stories



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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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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.

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 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.

Charlie standing with bike


Charlie was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2015. Years of treatment severely affected him and, after going into remission, a scan revealed more growths on his spine. Charlie very sadly died, aged 13.

Isser looking directly at the camera


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.

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. 

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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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.

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.

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.

Sherry looking at the camera smiling


After being diagnosed with breast cancer and having a mastectomy, Sherry chose to not have reconstruction surgery and to focus on embracing her scars. She hopes to inspire other women faced with a similar choice.

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. 

Anita and her husband Scott


Anita was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015 when she was 24. Anita is still on preventative treatment now but she and her husband Scott welcomed baby Charlotte in 2019. 

Ella's story Ewing's sarcoma


Ella was diagnosed with Ewing sarcoma in November 2011 and needed 12 months of chemotherapy as well as intensive radiotherapy. She has now been in remission since 2012 and works full time for the NHS as a physiotherapist. 

Sal's story breast cancer and bile duct cancer


Sal was first diagnosed with breast cancer and then later found out she had stage 4 bile duct cancer. Sal entered a hospice in August 2020 and she passed away on 18 September 2020. 

Clint's story pancreatic cancer


Clint was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2005 and was later told that he had eight tumours on his liver. He continues to have treatment however he is fit, healthy and living life to the full.

Isla's story neuroblastoma


Isla’s parents, Nikki and Michael, were told she had neuroblastoma in March 2017. She has relapsed four times since but Isla continues to receive treatment and her family remains hopeful.

Pauline's story stomach and liver cancer


Pauline was diagnosed with terminal stomach and liver cancer and she was given 12 months to live. Pauline always thought she would grow old with her husband Tom but she sadly died in January 2015.