Fundrais­ing for Macmil­lan Cancer Sup­port

The Irish Times - Tuesday - Health - - Health Cancer -

Elisa and I wanted to raise £10,000 for Macmil­lan Cancer Sup­port, which has given me fan­tas­tic help dur­ing my treat­ment. I wanted to do a fundraiser on­line through just­giv­ and Elisa sug­gested that I should do a weight-gain chal­lenge.

Every cancer pa­tient’s jour­ney is dif­fer­ent and the tribu­la­tions we face are var­ied. One of the hard­est things I’ve had to deal with, apart from fa­tigue, is weight loss. I’m 6’ 5” and cur­rently weigh about 75kg, which is at the low end of a healthy weight for some­one of my height. I’m slim at the best of times, but my weight plum­meted dur­ing the first two months of chemo when eat­ing enough was a ter­ri­ble strug­gle.

We’ll never be able to pay back Macmil­lan for what they’re do­ing, which is sav­ing my life, but we want to make this ef­fort to give some­thing back. They are the gold stan­dard in cancer care, of­fer­ing a range of ser­vices to cancer pa­tients and their fam­i­lies, from walk-in coun­selling and fi­nan­cial ad­vice to al­ter­na­tive ther­a­pies.

So far, we’ve raised more than £5,100, with do­na­tions com­ing from Ire­land, the UK, Brazil, the US, China and New Zealand. All funds go di­rectly to Macmil­lan. See just­giv­­ries

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