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ISLAND TEEN CALLS FOR LOCALS TO ‘BAND TOGETHER’

A 17-year-old from Isle of Wight, who has been given the all clear after finishing his cancer treatment, is calling on locals to back a campaign for support the charity that helped him. 

In the build up to World Cancer Day on 4th February, Ryan Kimber is sharing his story to encourage locals to raise vital funds and awareness for CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people.

Ryan, who was just 3 months into a new course at Isle of Wight College studying Level 3 BTEC Engineering, had to put this life on hold after the shock of being diagnosed with a medulloblastoma tumour in January last year.

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Following an operation, Ryan had 6 weeks of Radiotherapy and 4 months of high dose chemotherapy. Now, just a year later, Ryan has now been given the all-clear.

During his treatment in Southampton, Ryan’s family had support from a CLIC Sargent social worker and his family stayed at CLIC Haven, one of the charity’s ‘Home from Homes’ where families can stay for free.

Ryan says:

“When I was diagnosed with cancer it was a massive shock. My CLIC Sargent social worker Kate has been a massive help, I’d be lost without her! I can ask her anything and she helped my family with all the financial issues too. Having CLIC Haven was so important because it meant my family and friends could stay close, so even though I was far away from home, I didn’t feel isolated.

“I’m really proud to wear my World Cancer Day band because CLIC Sargent made such a difference to me and my family.  Buying a band and shouting about this campaign is such an easy way to make sure you can help other families. I hope everyone in the Isle of Wight gets behind this!”

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Kate Lee, Chief Executive at CLIC Sargent, said:

“Today, 11 children and young people in the UK will hear the shocking news that they have cancer. When cancer strikes young lives we fight tirelessly to provide the financial, emotional and practical support they need.

“This World Cancer Day, we want everyone to ‘band together’ behind children and young people like Ryan by donating, wearing a Unity Band and spreading the word. These simple acts will help more young people thrive not just survive after their cancer diagnosis.”

Wear your Unity Band on 4th February 2017, World Cancer Day, as a symbol of support and unity for everyone affected by cancer. Get your Unity Band from 19th January 2017 online for a suggested donation of £2, at www.clicsargent.org.uk/WorldCancerDay also on sale in Wetherspoons pubs and Wallis stores for a suggested donation of £2.

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