TEENAGE CANCER TRUST
Around seven young people aged between 13 and 24 are diagnosed with cancer every day in the UK. Teenage Cancer Trust is the only charity dedicated to providing expert care and support from the moment they hear the word cancer. We treat them as young people first, cancer patients second and everything we do aims to improve their quality of life and chances of survival.
You may be surprised to learn that in the North West of England, awareness of Teenage Cancer is the lowest in the UK.
Greater awareness ultimately leads to speedier diagnosis and better prognosis. This is why Teenage Cancer Trust visits schools in order to educate students about cancer. Education amongst young people is therefore critical in the fight against teenage cancer.
Unfortunately, only 60% of young people diagnosed with cancer are able to access the fabulous support provided by Teenage Cancer Trust. This is why an outreach service is now being piloted in the North West to make sure that every young person diagnosed with cancer gets the advice, information and one-to-one support that they need, no matter where they are treated.
The pilot project will support young people across Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Lancashire and South Cumbria. We need to help raise £250,000 to make this pilot project successful..
For up-to date information on local Teenage Cancer Trust Initiatives including detais of our groundbreaking pilot outreach scheme please click here.
The remarkable courage of 19 year old Stephen Sutton who was diagnosed with bowel cancer when he was 15, has certainly touched us all. His sheer guts and determination to live his life to the full is admirable. He said, "I always describe my cancer as a huge kick up the backside that taught me about the importance of helping others, of making every second count, and of making sure life is for LIVING, amongst other things." He went on to say, "I've always felt passionately about helping others and I've always been a firm believer that people are good."
Runway on the Runway's "TCT Crew"
Involvement of our current and former oncology patients was pivotal to the ethos of Runway on the Runway. It was important to bring these young people together for the event to demonstrate to our audience that having cancer doesn't make you any different from any other teenager. Our "TCT Crew" blew the audience away with their glamorous looks and fabulous catwalk. I am delighted to say that their solidarity with each other continues to this day as they grow into young adults and as they go on supporting and inspiring other young people affected by cancer.
Watch our catwalk.
MEET OUR TCT CREW
"When I was 15, I was diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma. I had a year of intense chemotherapy, radiology and surgery where they removed the bone, blasted it with radiotherapy, then screwed it back together with three metal plated and 20 screws. That was 10 years ago. I am so proud to be part of Runway on the Runway, as raising awareness of cancer in young people is very important. When I was treated at one of the Teenage Cancer Trust Units I felt safe, and more importantly not alone. I got the chance to be treated next to people my own age. We all used to joke about how quickly we could get ready to go out since we didn't have to do our hair!"
To find more about Lucie's journey click here.
"I am one of triplets with my sister Chloe and brother Alex. I was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma in my right lower leg. I had two cyles of chemotherapy and subsequently had to have my right leg amputated. I had more chemotherapy and an operation to shorten my bone then more chemotherapy. I am now clear of cancer and hope to stay that way. The Teenage Cancer Trust has made my time in hospital much easier to cope with. Having cancer has changed my perspective on life. I want to use my experience to help other young people going through cancer treatment. The experience of walking down the catwalk at the Runway on the Runway event was sensational. The old Olivia was back".
To find out more about Olivia's journey click here.
"I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in January 2011 at the age of 14. During my four month stay in hospital I faced many complications including stays in intensive care and several emergency visits to theatre. I have now completed my treatment, and I'm back at school and doing my A 'Levels. I was not fortunate enough to be treated in a Teenage Cancer Trust unit but taking part in Runway on the Runway boosted my confidence and self-esteem at a very difficult time. More importantly, I met and made friends with other young people in similar situations to myself. Raising awareness about teenage cancer is really important to me as it has a profound effect on young people and their families".
"I ws diagnosed with stage 4 Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2012 aged 20. I received 6 months of ABVD chemotherapy and three weeks of radiotherapy and fund out I wasa in remission on 18th February 2013. I was lucky to be treated at the teenage cancer unit at the Christie. Being treated on a unit specifically for young people made my cancer journey a lot easier as I got to be with people my own age . I have met some truly amazing people who have now become good friends. The nurses and support staff were also amazing and supported myself and my family through my treatment and still do now. Through Teenage Cancer Trust I have got to do some really cool things. Being part of the Runway on the Runway fashion show was one of the best experiences ever. It helped boost my confidence after losing my hair and helped me to meet even more amazing people".
"I have recently competed my treatment for Acute Lymphoblastic Lymphoma. The Teenage Cancer Trust have been great to me by providing activities that help the patients bond and have fun. It has certainly helped me cope better with the treatment, Taking part in the Runway on the Runway project is a great experience and lets me show my appreciation for what Teenage Cancer Trust has done for us."
"My illness presented as a complete loss of balance and co-ordination. I was a keen rider so this became very apparent whilst riding my horse. I was diagnosed with a brain tumour and am still undergoing treatment. I had to drop out of university and everyday life became very challenging. I love music and through Teenage Cancer Trust I have been able to get involve in lots of music workshops where I learned to play different instruments. My instrument of choice is the bass guitar and I sometimes play in a band when I am not too fatigued with the treatment. I have made lots of friends who are going through similar things and we support each other immensely. The downside was losing all my hair, but to be honest I am just so thankful that I am alive and that I have kicked cancer into touch!"
"I was originally diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (blood cancer) in 2007. I had three years treatment and stayed in remission for 14 months but the cancer came back and I relapsed in February 2012. This time I had to have full body irradiation and a bone marrow transplant. The Teenage Cancer Trust unit is a very friendly place and provided so much support to me and my family. Taking part in Runway on the Runway is an amazing opportunity and gave me the chance to get to know so many new people and have a great experience at a very hard time."