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Char­lie Wolf, 49, was di­ag­nosed with kid­ney can­cer in 2007. The ra­dio pre­sen­ter and po­lit­i­cal com­men­ta­tor ex­plains how Chai helped him come to terms with his ill­ness:

“The doc­tors found my can­cer early and re­moved the kid­ney. I thought that would be an end to it, but can­cer is not an easy thing to go through.

“There is noth­ing that can match what it’s like to be told you have can­cer. It’s the sin­gle most stu­pe­fy­ing, have-your-head-hita­gainst-the-wall mo­ment.

“I didn’t know about Chai, but a friend with breast can­cer told me to call them. At first it sounded like a tree-hug­ging thing, but I came in to see chief ex­ec­u­tive Elaine Kerr and we spent about 90 min­utes go­ing through things.

“For me, it re­ally lifted the weight.

“I don’t know where I would have been without Chai’s help.

“Just about ev­ery can­cer pa­tient will feel a twinge some­where and think the can­cer is spread­ing. It takes the peo­ple here, who un­der­stand it, to say, ‘Lis­ten, it’s not spread­ing, ev­ery­body goes through this’, and that way they calm you down.

“Can­cer af­fects the whole fam­ily and my wife was able to come and talk to peo­ple on what­ever level she needed. I just wish doc­tors were able to tell pa­tients about char­i­ties like this.

“This week my back has been sore so I came for re­flex­ol­ogy. If you feel a bit un­der the weather, they will help.

“I will al­ways be a can­cer pa­tient, and Chai will al­ways be there for me. I’m so thank­ful for the way they have taken care of me.

“Help has to start at home and you can­not just rely on the NHS.

“You must do­nate to Chai — be­cause one day it could be you, in need of the char­ity’s help.”

Char­lie Wolf: “I’m so thank­ful”

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