John's son Hugh was diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma (a type of bone cancer) and was helped by CLIC Sargent. Sadly Hugh died in 2002, but John has supported the charity ever since. John has kindly chosen to leave a gift in his Will to CLIC Sargent to help other parents.
"I just never imagined that cancer would strike one of my children; somehow it seemed to me a disease for adults. Hugh had been a happy, lively and healthy child who was well into teenage years when the devastating news came that he had cancer in his arm. That summer, before we knew he was ill was especially happy because we had spent two weeks sailing my boat together along the south Devon and Cornwall coast, visiting places we knew and loved.
"Hugh’s treatment involved high doses of chemotherapy and at one stage of his treatment in hope of saving his life we had to travel over 200 miles away for treatment which meant finding accommodation close to the hospital and time off work to be with him.
"When Hugh died just two weeks after his 19th birthday I wanted to do something positive for parents in the future who would have to go through what my family went through. CLIC Sargent is the answer, as it offers practical help and support during times which are almost too painful to bear."
“I have been a supporter for many years since my daughter Kate was diagnosed with leukaemia when she was 16 years old.
"We were supported by a CLIC Sargent Nurse in Truro who was amazing and supported Kate when she lost her hair and also liaised with Kate’s school to make sure they understood her needs.
"Kate also had to undertake radiotherapy at Bristol and we were able to stay in a CLIC Sargent Home from Home so we could stay with her.
"Kate is now grown up and travelled the world and has given us a grandson. CLIC Sargent were there for all of us. I have made donations ever since and when I changed my Will recently, I was happy to include a gift to the charity.”
"When our grandson was diagnosed with cancer in both eyes at eight months old, the help we received from CLIC Sargent was a lifeline.
"They were there for him and his parents at the hospital and at his schools, although he did eventually lose one eye.
"He is now 18 years old and training to enable him to become a sports teacher in schools. He enjoys kick boxing and is a very good goalkeeper which is quite an achievement with only one eye.
"We are very proud of him and our family will always we grateful for the support we received."
“I started supporting the charity as a thank you for all the many hours of pleasure Sir Malcolm Sargent had given me at The Proms from 1958 to his last performance in 1967.
"Then when my son died from Hodgkins disease I realised again just what a great cause your chrity is and this renewed my efforts, hence my bequest in my Will. Sir Malcolm was a great man and it is truly fitting that he is remembered in this way."
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If you would like to share your story about why you have remembered CLIC Sargent in your Will, please do get in touch. We would love to hear from you! You can contact Bridget Matthews on 0300 330 0803 or email firstname.lastname@example.org