Ipswich/East Anglia: CLIC Sargent helps families of children with cancer
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Daisy’s dream job is helping a cancer charity
A 25-year-old former cancer patient is flying high today as she is a picture of health and is working in her dream job.
Daisy Turner from Ipswich is working as fundraising organiser for the CLIC Sargent charity – for children with cancer in Suffolk and Norfolk.
Though some people still believe that cancers only attack older people, the sad truth is many young people suffer from the potentially life-threatening disease.
Daisy developed a rare form of bone cancer as a teenager, known as MDS. She had to have a course of chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant.
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She said: “I was lucky; lucky that there was a treatment for me, lucky that I had the love of my family and friends around me.
“Sadly, as I found out when I was in hospital, there are some people who have nobody.
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“I needed my family, and my parents to help me get through it. To take me to appointments in Ipswich, and for tests at Cambridge and to hospital in London and to be there for me when I was recovering.”
She is involved closely with local businesses and individuals who are fundraising, including families of patients who are determined to do their bit to help others.
She is also closely involved with the families and parents of young cancer patients.
She said: “We are dealing with children and young people up to the age of 25, with cancer.
“They face not only the fear but extra costs and difficulties, transport costs etc when going for appointments.
“Last year we had 67 families we helped in Suffolk alone, and gave out £11,000 in grants.”
She said she would always be grateful for the care and treatment she received.
“I don’t have a child with cancer so I can’t feel what they are going through. I do know what my parents went through however.
“I am motivated by my own experience having cancer and recovering from cancer. I get to work with some lovely schools and businesses, and individuals who are fundraising, some for many years.”
“We have many events in Suffolk, like the Felixstowe Five’s golf tournament, at Ufford Park,“We have a lot of local businesses who support us, like Avanti Networking, Credo Asset Finance, A1 Coffee (Sudbury) and Suffolk Social Media. There are too many to mention.”
To find out more about local fundraising events, that you can support, go to: CLICSargent.org.uk