Charities join forces to fight for young lives against cancer

25-year-old Georgina Haynes, who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL) in January 2015, is encouraging everyone to wear a Unity Band this World Cancer Day to support three charities that helped her through it all.  

Charities join forces to fight for young lives against cancer

Georgina was diagnosed with ALL following several trips to the GP and even an emergency trip to A&E. Prior to the diagnosis, Georgina struggled with nausea and severe pain in her stomach which doctors believed was stomach ulcers. 

A blood test finally revealed that Georgina had cancer and she was admitted to the Royal Marsden to start chemotherapy treatment. 

During her treatment at The Royal Marsden, Georgina experienced first-hand the impact of charities uniting behind cancer patients receiving support from CLIC Sargent, The Royal Marsden Charity and Anthony Nolan – all of whom are partnering up for World Cancer on 4 February. 

Georgina said: “My CLIC Sargent Social Worker Elsa was there for me from day one. She helped me to get the benefits I needed and CLIC gave me a grant for business school which was amazing. 

“The Royal Marsden was like a home away from home. The staff there really go above and beyond their job. Sister Caroline was brilliant. I needed someone to sit me down and tell me the facts instead of being oversensitive, and she understood that.”

After her chemotherapy treatment initially failed, Georgina’s doctors turned to stem cell transplant as her best hope. Thankfully a match was found through Anthony Nolan and Georgina had a successful transplant.  

“Thanks to Anthony Nolan and their register of donors, I was able to have the stem cell transplant I needed to save my life, and was supported by their Patient Support nurse Hayley who is based at The Royal Marsden.” 

The Royal Marsden, Anthony Nolan and CLIC Sargent have all made such a massive difference to my life. Please join forces with them by wearing a Unity Band on World Cancer Day.

Kate Lee, Chief Executive at CLIC Sargent, said: “Georgina’s story shows how three charities, each offering something unique, have united behind one person and their family.

"The charity sector shows itself at its strongest and absolute best in stories like this which happen every day where we work together as a team united. This support helps people like Georgina to thrive, not just survive after a cancer diagnosis.

“We are proud to ‘band together’ behind children and young people like Georgina and to unite with other fantastic charities for World Cancer Day, like we do every day.

As charities, we need the public to join us in our fight for young lives by buying a band and raising vital awareness.

"These simple acts will help to provide the practical, emotional and financial support these families need.”

Wear your Unity Band® on 4 February 2017, World Cancer Day, as a symbol of support and unity for everyone affected by cancer. Get your CLIC Sargent Unity Band in our online shop for a suggested donation of £2, or from J D Wetherspoon pubs and Wallis stores for a suggested donation of £2.

Unity Band® for Anthony Nolan are available at www.anthonynolan.org/worldcancerday and bands for Royal Marsden are available at http://worldcancerday.royalmarsden.org/

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