Archives: Stories

Elsa’s story – “We just felt horrified that our darling daughter would have the biggest battle so early in her life.”

Friday 18 October 2019

Twin Elsa from Devon was diagnosed with leukaemia when she was four years old. Here, dad Jason shares their family story from Elsa's diagnosis to returning to school.

Elsa and her twin Charlotte. When Elsa was diagnosed with cancer, it was the first time the twins were separated.

Jozef’s Story – “Gaming online with friends meant I could show them I was still there, and I was still me.”

Thursday 10 October 2019

Jozef, a two-time cancer survivor, shares his story of finding support through gaming.

Connor’s Story – “My gaming friends say they wished they’d known but they were supporting me without even realising it.”

Thursday 10 October 2019

Connor was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma after his first year at university. He shares his story of being supported by friends through gaming.

Michelle’s story – “I wish someone had told me that I didn’t have to stay strong or positive all the time”

Thursday 3 October 2019

Michelle was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in June 2017. She shares her thoughts on her mental health going through diagnosis and treatment and how she's learning what her new normal is.

Image of Michelle, a young person

Imogen’s Story – “Cancer changes your whole life. Once you get that diagnosis it is your every thought.”

Tuesday 24 September 2019

When Imogen Towers was diagnosed with a brain tumour, her family faced a three-hour round trip for life-saving surgery. Here, the family share their story and the impact of cancer costs for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

Hiral’s story – “I want to raise awareness of cancer in the Asian community”

Monday 16 September 2019

Hiral was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia when she was 21. She shares her story and how she'd like to raise more awareness in her community.

Image of Hiral, a young person with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia

Daniel’s story – travelling 90 miles for cancer treatment after shock diagnosis

Monday 16 September 2019

Daniel was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma in March 2018, when he was 14-years-old. Mum Catherine explains how travelling 90 miles round-trip for treatment contributed to the strain on family finances.

Darcy’s story – “In total we’ve driven around 17,000 miles for hospital visits”

Wednesday 11 September 2019

Darcy was 8 years old when he was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML) in 2017. His mum Jo tells us about the 166 mile round trip from their home in Louth, Lincolnshire, to Sheffield Children’s Hospital, and the other costs the family faced on top of that journey.

Nick’s story – “We did around 20,000 miles of car journeys in Isabel’s first year of treatment.”

Wednesday 4 September 2019

Isabel was just three years old when she was diagnosed with leukaemia in May 2017. Dad Nick shares the impact of his daughter’s diagnosis, and the impact of travelling a 266-mile round trip to get to the nearest specialist hospital for life-saving treatment.

The Swan Family

Daniel’s story – travelling 180 miles for life-saving cancer treatment

Monday 2 September 2019

Daniel was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in December 2016 when he was just six-years-old. Mum Alison explains how treatment 180 miles away from home has cost the family.