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An image of Jasper during his cancer treatment next to one of him with his parents years after it was finished.

When a young person is diagnosed with cancer, the impact is felt by all who love them. Five families share the realities of loving and, tragically, sometimes losing a child with cancer When a young person is diagnosed with cancer, the impact is felt by all who love them. Five families share the realities of loving and, tragically, sometimes losing a child with cancer

by Phil Samba | Personal stories | 26 February 2024

26 February 2024

The logo of Caroline Jones's podcast, 'What Have I Done?'

Nine years on from a fundraising campaign that raised over £55,000, Caroline is bringing the knowledge she and other successful independent fundraisers have amassed to the podcast series “What Have I Done?”  Nine years on from a fundraising campaign that raised over £55,000, Caroline is bringing the knowledge she and other successful independent fundraisers have amassed to the podcast series “What Have I Done?” 

by Lynn Daly | Personal stories | 23 February 2024

23 February 2024

The album artwork for Veronica's new single, Gone

7 years after her diagnosis, singer-songwriter Veronica is returning with a new single, which catalogues her cancer journey and delivers the message there is life after cancer. 7 years after her diagnosis, singer-songwriter Veronica is returning with a new single, which catalogues her cancer journey and delivers the message there is life after cancer.

by Lynn Daly | Personal stories | 11 January 2024

11 January 2024

Hannah Gretton with Dr Hugo De La Pena

When Hannah Gretton was given the devastating news last Christmas that she had breast cancer, she never imagined it would give her the opportunity to help others enjoy celebrations that they feared they would never see. When Hannah Gretton was given the devastating news last Christmas that she had breast cancer, she never imagined it would give her the opportunity to help others enjoy celebrations that they feared they would never see.

by Elisa Mitchell | Personal stories | 21 December 2023

21 December 2023

Angus and Victoria together in September 2022

Angus, who lost his wife Victoria when she was just 33, is asking people to help fulfil one of her dying wishes – and Stand Up to Cancer.  Angus, who lost his wife Victoria when she was just 33, is asking people to help fulfil one of her dying wishes – and Stand Up to Cancer. 

by Lynn Daly | Personal stories | 1 November 2023

1 November 2023

Mark Mondesir at his drum kit

In 2018, as he prepared for a once-in-a-lifetime gig playing for soul singer Jocelyn Brown, Mark received some news that changed his life. Now five years on from his diagnosis, Mark is Standing Up to Cancer. In 2018, as he prepared for a once-in-a-lifetime gig playing for soul singer Jocelyn Brown, Mark received some news that changed his life. Now five years on from his diagnosis, Mark is Standing Up to Cancer.

by Alison Birkett | Personal stories | 25 October 2023

25 October 2023

Brett outside the Cancer Research UK shop he volunteers in

Brett has been volunteering at our Rotherham store since 2016. But what started as a few hours in the shop each week has grown him being a vital member of the team. Brett has been volunteering at our Rotherham store since 2016. But what started as a few hours in the shop each week has grown him being a vital member of the team.

by Jacob Smith | Personal stories | 15 June 2023

15 June 2023

Becky and Joe with their three children

During Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, we talk to Becky whose partner Joe died in 2018, leaving her and their three young children to come to terms with his death. During Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, we talk to Becky whose partner Joe died in 2018, leaving her and their three young children to come to terms with his death.

by Alison Birkett | Personal stories | 21 April 2023

21 April 2023

Fatimah, 19, near her home, and Adam, 23, on holiday. They were both diagnosed with cancer in their mid-teens.

For Teenage and Young Adult Cancer Awareness Month, we're hearing from four supporters who've faced the unique challenges of teenage cancer. For Teenage and Young Adult Cancer Awareness Month, we're hearing from four supporters who've faced the unique challenges of teenage cancer.

by Tom Bourton | Personal stories | 6 April 2023

6 April 2023

A glass Flame of Hope award

The Flame of Hope Awards are our annual celebration of our most outstanding and dedicated supporters and volunteers. Here we’re highlighting four of this year’s amazing Flame of Hope winners.   The Flame of Hope Awards are our annual celebration of our most outstanding and dedicated supporters and volunteers. Here we’re highlighting four of this year’s amazing Flame of Hope winners.  

by Amy Warnock | Personal stories | 3 April 2023

3 April 2023