Category Archives: Cancer

A Look at Mother’s Day Charity and Fundraising Events

Charity Fundraising for Mother’s day

For many people, mums are the heart and soul of a family, but sometimes we forget to say thank you for all the amazing things they do. With Mother’s Day approaching, we spoke to a number of charities holding events or campaigns that celebrate mums.

Action Cancer

Action Cancer is Northern Ireland’s leading local cancer charity. It provides a variety of services such as digital breast screening, therapy services, M.O.T health checks and health promotion programmes. They don’t receive any government funding for the work they do, so all funding

Local participants preparing for the Action Cancer walk

Local participants preparing for the Action Cancer walk

comes from donations from the public.

Action Cancer’s Fundraising Events Officer, Arlene Creighton, is organising their Mother’s Day walk this year.

“The Mother’s Day walk is an annual event we hold in honour of mothers in the beautiful Hillsborough Forest park grounds. People take part in memory of lost mothers, with their children, as a celebration of beating cancer or just to enjoy a lovely walk whilst fundraising for a great cause. It’s 1.5 miles long and fairly gentle, so is suitable for everyone no matter their age and fitness level. Buggies are welcome too!

“At the end, every participant receives a goody bag provided by SuperValu  and mid-morning tea, coffee, scones and other treats, so it makes for a lovely day. For people who’ve lost someone close to them, it can be a very comforting event where you can meet other people in similar circumstances. Read more

Are E-cigarettes a healthy way to quit smoking for Stoptober?

With New Legislation to Reduce Second-hand Smoke, Could E-cigarettes be the Best Way to Quit?

From the beginning of October, a new law comes into effect that bans adults from smoking in a vehicle whilst children under the age of 18 are present. Warnings or fines will be handed out at police discretion to both the driver and anyone else smoking in the car.

smoking in the carThese regulations come after new research shows an estimated 40% of children are exposed to second-hand smoke, with smoking in cars found to be particularly hazardous due to the enclosed space.1

Children are particularly vulnerable to the effects of second-hand smoke, which can cause respiratory tract infections, asthma and wheezing plus other more serious conditions like cancer.1

It’s also Stoptober this month – a Public Health England initiative that challenges the general public to give up smoking for 28 days during October, with the idea being that you are then 5 times more likely to quit permanently. Stoptober packs are available online and there’s lots of advice and motivation to keep you on track.

With the new law and Stoptober coming along together, has there ever been a better time to quit? Read more

Can Yoga Help Cancer Patients as a Complementary Therapy?

Can Yoga Help Cancer? This Charity Says ‘Yes’

Executive Director Sue

Executive Director Sue

Yoga is a form of gentle exercise that incorporates stretching postures and breathing techniques to improve your mental wellbeing, flexibility and physical health. The practice started in India at least 5,000 years ago and has evolved into a popular pastime.

Sue De Cesare is Executive Director of the cancer care charity, Yes To Life, which offers numerous yoga workshops for cancer patients.

“Yes to Life is the UK’s integrative cancer care charity. We provide support, information and financial assistance to those with cancer seeking to pursue approaches that are currently unavailable on the NHS. By integrative we mean using the best of orthodox, complementary and alternative medicine combined, so more people have the best chance of reclaiming their health. We aim to change attitudes based on evidence and the personal experiences of thousands of people we have been able to help since the charity started 10 years ago.

“We also run a series of workshops and seminars which are open to members of the public and practitioners who are keen to understand more about the options available for people with cancer.” Read more

Louise Running the Race for Life in honour of her sister

Rare Form of Cancer a Deadly Killer

Cancer is one of the top five killers in Britain, with Cancer Research results showing it killed 254 people for every 100,000 in 2012. Louise Ann Dennard knows only too well how suddenly cancer can strike, having lost her younger sister to Malignant Peripheral Nerve Sheath Tumors (MPNST), a rare form of the disease, in 2011.

Louise and Nattalie

Louise and Nattalie

This type of tumour usually affects children and young adults and current treatment for it includes surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy. Although treatment can help increase the chances of survival, it can also be very hard on the body.

A Shocking Diagnosis

On the 1st March 2011, Nattalie’s lung collapsed and she was rushed to hospital in a critical condition with only a 50% chance of survival.

Louise spoke to us about that difficult time.

“Like the little fighter that she was, she managed to pull through, although post operation she was very weak for a long time. The doctors had discovered a tumour the size of a rugby ball crushing her chest and diagnosed malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumours (MPNST).

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