CancerCare Counts Campaign
Help us change more young lives in 2017. We're counting on you!
In May 2016, The Lancaster Guardian newspaper launched an exciting 12 month campaign to highlight the positive difference CancerCare's life changing support is making in our community, and to help us raise funds to create new services for teenagers.
Young people are at their most vulnerable during their teenage years. Bullying, body changes, drug abuse or exam stress, are just some of their many daily pressures. So a cancer diagnosis, or the loss of a parent, may come at the very worst of times.
Young people like Year 10 pupil Ryan (we can’t give out his real name), who is studying for his GCSE’s. Since his mum was diagnosed with cancer a few months ago, he’s struggling to concentrate and falling behind with his studies. Some of the other boys in his class have also been making cruel & nasty comments about his mum’s cancer treatment, making him feel anxious and alone.
And Alice (also not her real name), a happy, creative and funny 13 year old girl who’s beloved grandmother was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in May. Now her grandmother is so gravely ill, she and her 16-year old sister don’t even know if they will have her here at Christmas.
Luckily, CancerCare's specialist Counsellors have stepped in to help Ryan & Alice make sense of such a tragic and traumatic life change. Having someone to talk to and understand what they’ve been going through has made a big difference to them.
But we want to do more.
We've already been speaking to lots of teenagers across North Lancashire to hear their views on what other cancer support services they need. A dedicated mobile support worker who could visit schools, or a specific ‘space’ designed and equipped by young people themselves, or, an online support group, are just some of their ideas.
help us make these ideas into reality - we're counting on you!
Please support the campaign by making a donation to CancerCare. Every penny you give will help ensure local young people like Ryan & Alice, get the cancer support they need.
Alternatively, send a cheque made payable to: CancerCare North Lancashire & South Lakeland to Slynedales, Slyne Road, Lancaster, LA2 6ST.